Egypt received the second shipment of mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles from the United States aimed at boosting the fighting abilities of the Egyptian armed forces, a statement by Egypt’s army spokesman read.
The delivery of the batch took place at an inauguration ceremony, where the head of the vehicles department in Egypt’s defense ministry General Khaled Roshdy said that receiving the new vehicles reveals “powerful indications of the depth of strategic relations and shared interests.
The U.S. embassy’s senior defense attaché in Cairo, Major General Charles Hooper, stressed the importance of the event and considered it a clear sign of the strong partnership between Egypt and the U.S. that goes back to over three decades.
Last May, an initial shipment of a total of 762 MRAP vehicles was transferred to Egypt from the U.S. at no cost under the U.S. Department of Defense’s Excess Defense Articles grant program.
In its fight against terrorists in North Sinai, Egyptian security personnel have been mainly targeted by roadside bombs.