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State Dept OKs Potential $57M Hellfire Missile Sale to Egypt

Department of the statesThe U.S. State Department has cleared a potential $57 million foreign military sale of Lockheed Martin-built Hellfire II air-to-surface missiles to Egypt, Defense News reported Wednesday.

Aaron Mehta writes Egypt is ordering up to 356 AGM-114K/R3 Hellfires from the U.S. government to aid the country’s national security efforts.

The approval came after President Barack Obama ended the U.S. weapons sales ban on Egypt late last month.

“Given the current operational needs, we are making every effort to expedite security assistance to coalition forces,” a State Department official told Defense News in an email.

The agency “is acting promptly on requests for military capabilities from our Gulf partners, in partnership with the Department of Defense,” the official added, according to the publication.

Mehta said the U.S. offers logistical and intelligence support to a Middle East coalition amid ongoing anti-militant operations in Yemen.

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