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Egypt to buy US surveillance equipment for $100 million

July 10, 2015 at 3:26 pm

The Pentagon has agreed to sell Egypt surveillance equipment worth $100 million, it has been reported. Cairo made the request so that it can protect its borders, especially with Libya.

According to the Washington Post, the US State Department has entered into an agreement with Cairo to sell the defence equipment for an estimated $100 million, but is waiting for Congressional approval.

The newspaper also revealed that Egypt wants to buy mobile surveillance sensor towers and communications equipment, and pay for defence contractors who will travel to train Egyptians on how to use the equipment.

“This mobile surveillance sensor security system will provide Egypt with advanced capabilities intended to bolster its border surveillance capabilities along its border with Libya and elsewhere,” said a Pentagon statement. It will also provide the Egyptian Border Guard Forces with an early warning capability to allow for faster response times to mitigate threats to the border guards and the civilian population.