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S. Ezzat Fast Missile Craft

The Egyptian Navy did not have a modern, high speed, ship capable of providing deep and shallow water defensive protection for the approaches to the Suez Canal. Egypt intended to purchase ships to enhance its overall ability to defend its coastal areas and the approaches to the Suez Canal. The primary mission of the FMC is to conduct independent and joint operations, primarily against armed surface adversaries. The Egyptian Navy has a requirement for a ship with the capabilities of an FMC to combat these threats and to patrol and defend its coastal waterways of the Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and in particular, the Suez Canal.

To counter armed foes, FMCs will be equipped with effective anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, and electronic warfare capabilities. Each of the 63 [210 feet] meter, 600 ton craft will carry a 76mm Super Rapid Gun, Harpoon Block II missiles, MK49 Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM), and the Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) Block 1B. These high-speed, agile ships will reach speeds of greater than 34 knots. They will provide berthing for a crew of up to 40 sailors, and will be able to operate up to eight days independently at sea.

On 13 February 2002, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt of a support package for fast missile naval craft. The package consists of Harpoon missiles, Phalanx Close-In Weapons Systems (CIWS) and associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $255 Million.

The Government of Egypt requested a possible sale in support of their Fast Missile Craft Program for 53 RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles, four PHALANX CIWS, 50,000 rounds of 20mm tungsten ammunition, four AN/SWG-1A Harpoon Shipboard Command Launch Control Systems, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics personnel services and other related elements of logistics support.

The Fast Missile Craft was to be acquired by direct commercial sale and notified by a separate 36(c) notification. On 8 July 2004, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt of three Fast Missile Crafts as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $565 million. The prime contractor will be Vision Technology-Marine of Gulfport Mississippi. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

The Government of Egypt requested a possible sale of three (3) Fast Missile Crafts; three (3) 76mm/62 caliber MK 75 Dual Purpose guns with Super Rapid Kits; three (3) MK 31 Mod 3 Rolling Airframe Missile Guided Missile Weapons Systems; installation of Hull, Mechanical, and Electrical equipment; communications; operations equipment; spare and repair parts; support equipment; personnel training and training equipment; publications and technical documents; and U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics personnel services and other related elements of logistics services.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress 17 December 2009 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt of the Fast Missile Craft (FMC) program and associated parts, equipment, training and logistical support for a complete package worth approximately $240 million.

The Government of Egypt requested a possible sale for the Fast Missile Craft (FMC) program which was previously reported under Congressional notifications 04-05 and 0C-08. This notification is to document the Government of Egypts decision to expand the program from three (3) FMCs to four (4) FMCs including the following; one (1) additional OTO-Malera 76mm/62 caliber Super Rapid Fire Dual Purpose guns, (1) additional MK 31 Mod 3 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Guided Missile Weapon System, installation of Hull, Mechanical, and Electrical equipment, communications, operations equipment, spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documents, and U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.

The sale of Fast Missile Craft to Egypt was originally notified on 7 August 2004, in Transmittal 04-05 for three FMCs at a value of $565M. On 7 September 2008, the Administration notified an inflationary cost increase to that program in Transmittal OC-08, for an additional $485M. This notification of $240M brings the total notified value of the FMC program to $1.290B.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. This sale is consistent with these U.S. objectives and with the 1950 Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security. Egypt will have no difficulty absorbing these crafts into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.

After extensive functional design and long lead item procurement and design efforts, the construction contract was placed with VT Halter Marine in September 2008. The first of the FMCs are scheduled to join the Egyptian fleet in 2012.

PEO Ships assisted with acquisition and oversight efforts throughout the construction process and will provide follow-on technical and training support to the Egyptian Navy upon delivery of the vessels. The Auxiliary Ships, Boats, and Craft Program Office within the U.S. Navy's Program Executive Office (PEO), Ships manages the Egyptian FMC program. The Navy utilizes the foreign military sales program to help build partner nation maritime security capabilities through acquisition and transfers of ships, boats, combatant craft, weapon systems, communication equipment and a variety of training programs.

VT Halter Marine started fabrication of the first Egyptian navy Fast Missile Craft (FMC), 30 November 2009 at their shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. The U.S. Navy announced the launch of the first Egyptian Navy Fast Missile Craft (FMC) from VT Halter Marine's Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard, 20 October 2011, marking a key milestone in the ship's construction process.




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