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Egypt to receive Ambassador IV missile craft
defence Web ^ | 29 May 2014

Posted on 06/01/2014 9:34:24 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

Egypt will soon receive the first two of four Ambassador IV fast missile craft from the United States, which are being prepared for delivery.

The two vessels were loaded onto a civilian transport ship in Pensacola Bay, Florida, on May 25, according to the Pensacola News Journal. The fast missile craft involved are the first of class S Ezzat and F Zekry.

S Ezzat was on November 19, 2013, transferred to the Egyptian Navy at a ceremony in Pensacola, Florida, where the US has an international student programme, reports Defense News. The vessel, launched in October 2011, is named after Admiral Solilman Ezzat who was Commander in Chie of the Egyptian Navy from 1953 to 1967.

Rear Admiral Mohamed Abd El Aziz of the Egyptian Navy said during the S Ezzat’s naming ceremony in 2011 that the vessels would be used for maritime security, particularly combating the problems of illegal immigration and smuggling. They are ideally suited for protecting the Suez Canal region. Egypt has over 2 000 km of coastline in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea to protect, and also needs to enforce a blockade of the Gaza strip.

F Zekry was handed over to the Egyptian Navy in December, according to IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly. The remaining two craft, the M Fahmy and A Gad, are due for delivery later this year.

Each of the 62 metre, 700 ton craft carry an OTO Melara 76 mm super rapid gun, eight Harpoon block II missiles, Mk 49 Rolling Airframe Missiles, Block 1B Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs) and two M60 machineguns.

Powered by three MTU diesels, they have a top speed of 41 knots and with a crew of 38 they can operate at sea for up to eight days.

A construction contract for the four vessels was issued to VT Halther Marine in September 2008 and is worth an estimated $800 million.

The fast missile craft have escaped the freeze of military aid and equipment deliveries to Egypt following the Egyptian military’s overthrow of elected President Mohamed Mursi in July 2013.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: egypt; israel; missileboat

1 posted on 06/01/2014 9:34:25 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Bump


2 posted on 06/01/2014 9:36:21 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
should swap out the M60's for Mini-Guns...
3 posted on 06/01/2014 9:37:48 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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4 posted on 06/01/2014 9:39:09 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: musicman; CPOSharky; EODGUY

800 million for four ships. But it only took four years to deliver the first one!

Good thing Kennedy isn’t around sinking his PT boats any more.


5 posted on 06/01/2014 10:02:44 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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6 posted on 06/01/2014 10:04:04 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: sukhoi-30mki

A very impressive looking craft.


7 posted on 06/01/2014 10:08:22 PM PDT by Bobalu (What cannot be programmed cannot be physics)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

~~~Mk 49 Rolling Airframe Missiles, Block 1B Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs)~~~

Egypt expects its ships to be attacked from the air? Well, they’re ready for it.


8 posted on 06/01/2014 11:00:26 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

How many skiers can it tow?


9 posted on 06/02/2014 12:26:59 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: F15Eagle

It’s a Stinger mated with a Sidewinder: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RIM-116_Rolling_Airframe_Missile


10 posted on 06/02/2014 12:40:25 AM PDT by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? http://tinyurl.com/ktfwljc .)
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To: Southack

Yeah, they used to have them on carriers I think, as well as the Sea Sparrow. And maybe some other ships as well.


11 posted on 06/02/2014 1:20:35 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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12 posted on 06/02/2014 5:43:49 AM PDT by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
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“A construction contract for the four vessels was issued to VT Halther Marine in September 2008 and is worth an estimated $800 million.”

Damn zionists forcing America to give all thus weaponry to Israel!

/ oh wait...


13 posted on 06/02/2014 3:27:11 PM PDT by Yehuda (Search youtube and listen to "Islams Not For Me".)
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