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Wednesday, February 23, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Obama requests $1.3 billion in military aid
to post-Mubarak Egypt

WASHINGTON — The United States has approved the launch of its first military project in Egypt in wake of the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.


The contract was announced on Feb. 18, one week after Mubarak was forced out of office by the military. Within days, the administration of President Barack Obama requested from Congress an allocation of $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid for fiscal 2012.

The Defense Department has approved a project to maintain U.S.-origin equipment in the Egyptian military, Middle East Newsline reported. The Pentagon awarded Lockheed Martin a $19.8 million contract to supply the Egyptian government with unspecified systems.

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"The Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $19,800,000 contract modification for a Foreign Military Sales program which will provide the government of Egypt with peculiar support equipment and country standard technical orders," the Pentagon said.

L-M has been a major supplier to the Egyptian military. The company has supplied more than 200 F-16 multi-role fighters to the Egyptian Air Force and was preparing for the latest order of 20 F-16 Block 52+ aircraft.

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