Thursday, July 25, 2013

US Stops F-16s to Egypt

By Micah Halpern
I've Been Thinking:

I did not think that it would happen - but it did.

The US suspended the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt. The jets were supposed to be delivered in the coming weeks. It was all part of a deal signed in 2010.

In 2012 The United States and Egypt agreed on a $2.5 billion military contract in which the US would deliver twenty F-16's. Four were delivered earlier this year and four more are scheduled for delivery.

Now the delivery of the fighter jets has been temporarily suspended. The Department of Defense says that given the current situation in Egypt it is best to watch and wait and see how things turn out before delivering the military equipment.

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called his Egyptian counterpart, General Sisi, to give him the news.

At this point it would be unwise for the United States to transfer sophisticated weaponry that could potentially fall into the hands of enemies. And that is what George Little, spokesman for the Pentagon, meant when he said. "Just given the overall situation in Egypt right now we thought it prudent to make this decision." 

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