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US delivers eight F-16 Block 52s to Egypt

July 30, 2015 (by Asif Shamim) - The United States embassy in Cairo has announced that on July 30 and 31, the United States is delivering eight F-16 block 52 aircraft to Cairo West Air Base as part of ongoing American support in Egypt and throughout the region.

The first of twenty block 52 F-16s for Egypt completed its first flight on April 6th, 2012 from NAS Fort Worth. Called Peace Vector VII, the latest purchase of F-16s by Egypt includes sixteen single-seat and four two-seat versions. [Photo by Carl Richards]

The eight fighter jets built in Fort Worth, Texas are being flown in directly from the United States, and will be immediately integrated into the Egyptian Air Force, joining its existing fleet of U.S.-made F-16 aircraft.

U.S. Embassy Senior Defense Official in Cairo Major General Charles Hooper, noted, “The F-16s provide a valuable capability that is needed during these times of regional instability. America’s commitment to a strong relationship with Egypt is demonstrated by continued cooperation and capability sharing between our two countries. Extremists threaten regional security and these weapon systems provide a new tool to help Egypt fight terrorism.”

The F-16 block 52 delivery is the latest concrete step taken by the U.S. government in support of a friendship and strategic partnership with Egypt that has continued for over 30 years.

The United States will deliver four more F-16s to Egypt in the autumn. In addition, the United States will continue providing follow-on support, maintenance, and training for Egyptian Air Force pilots and ground crews.

Additional images:

EAF F-16D block 52 #9822 is coming in for landing at NAS Fort Worth on August 8th, 2012 after a test flight. [Photo by Louis DePaemelaere]

EAF F-16C block 52 #9764 is on a fuel flow check flight at NAS Fort Worth on July 10th, 2015. More signs that the stored Egyptian vipers are about to be delivered. [Photo by Keith Snyder]