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
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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.