Enhances Maritime and Port Security Capabilities
Egypt has requested a Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) system from the US under a Foreign Military Sales arrangement with an estimated value of $417 million (€354 million), according to a statement from the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
The Egyptian government’s request includes multi-site acquisition radars (fixed and mobile) with supporting facilities; fixed, mobile and airborne EO/IR systems; radio suites; hybrid power generation systems; closed-circuit TV, power and data distribution units; Automatic Identification System, and various other surveillance and communications systems; and other related elements of logistical and programme support.
Specific equipment requests include: 34 Integrated Fixed Towers, 28 Communication Towers and 12 Relay Towers, all with supporting equipment; six Naval Base Operations Rooms, two regional Operations Centers, and one Strategic Operation Centre, all with supporting equipment; six Harbour Protection Systems with supporting equipment; Intelligent Fibre Intrusion Detection System; 12 VTOL UAS with six Ground Stations; 14 Mobile Maritime Surveillance Vehicles; and, three Aerostat ISR Integrated Platforms with supporting equipment.
The system is to be used to provide the Egyptian Armed Forces with a maritime surveillance capability with real-time situational awareness in defence of its maritime boundary, natural resources, and ports. The prime contractor will be Advanced Technology Systems Company (ATSC), McLean, VA.