The United States approves the sale of 168 RAM Block 2 tactical missiles to Egypt

The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of anti-aircraft missiles and related equipment from Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) to the Egyptian government at an estimated price of $ 197 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has already issued the necessary certification to inform Congress of this potential sale.

This approval came after Egypt requested the purchase of up to one hundred and sixty-eight (168) RIM-116C (RAM) Block 2 missiles. Also included are storage containers and RAM control systems, operating instructions and technical documentation, and technical and logistical support services provided by the US government and the contractor; and other logistical support and related program elements.

Egypt has already equipped the 4 Ambassador Mk III ships with RAM Block 1A missiles since 2013, which together with the Phalanx Block 1B represent an excellent high-capacity air defense. It is now reinforced by the RAM Block 2 which offers an improved version of the missile as the RAM Block 2 missiles are 2.5 times more maneuverable and have 1.5 times the range to counter anti-ship missiles more effectively. It also has larger rocket motor capacity, improved dual-mode guidance via a passive RF viewfinder, and improved infrared viewfinder components. The RAM Block II missile has a maximum range of 14 kilometers, a maximum speed of Mach 2.8 at sea level and can accelerate to +60 G. (Mohammed Halimi)

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