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Egypt received from the United States the first high-speed missile boat Ambassador MK III

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The United States is preparing to transfer to Egypt four high-speed missile boats, the first of them has already gone to the country, the second is almost ready.


S. Ezzat, the first of the Ambassador MK III boats, was solemnly handed over to the Egyptian the fleet on Tuesday at a ceremony in Pensacola, Florida, the Defense News website reported.

“Egyptian naval officers have been trained since July by the United States Navy at the Naval Air Station military base in Pensacola,” said Pentagon spokesman Bill Speaks. “The rest of the 38 crew will start training in July under the same conditions,” he added.

The second boat F. Zekry is almost ready. Its shipment is scheduled for December.

Two other boats - M. Fahmy and A. Gad - are still under construction at the shipyard in Mississippi. It is expected that they will be transferred to Egypt in 2014 year.

Boats have a length of 62 meter, three diesel engines MTU and can reach speeds up to 41 knot. In addition, there are eight missiles and the Oto Melara gun on board.

Boats built during the implementation of the American program of foreign military sales.

They are designed specifically for the defense of the Suez Canal region and can spend up to eight days at sea.

The supply of boats was questioned after the overthrow of President Mursi by the Egyptian military in July of this year.

The US State Department suspended several major military aid programs to Egypt in October, including the shipment of F-16 fighter jets, but some projects continued.

“We will continue to work constructively with the Egyptian government and assist in countering terrorism and ensuring security in Sinai,” Spix said on Tuesday.

"Ultimately, we want to see Egypt successful," the Pentagon spokesman added.

“We want to see how the constitution protects human rights and freedoms and the government is democratic and elected through fair and transparent elections,” he explained.

At the moment, the United States is providing military support to Egypt annually in the amount of about 1,3 billion dollars.
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  1. Kars
    Kars 21 November 2013 11: 26
    +4
    It is strange that they did not hold until the situation was clarified.
    1. svp67
      svp67 21 November 2013 11: 39
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      Quote: Kars
      It is strange that they did not hold until the situation was clarified.

      Any government structure in normal peaceful conditions has some inertia in the implementation of decisions, perhaps the other three will never go to Egypt ...
    2. sub307
      sub307 21 November 2013 12: 09
      +1
      Therefore, they "clarified the situation", for themselves, of course, they did not "hold back."
    3. Nayhas
      Nayhas 21 November 2013 12: 51
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      Quote: Kars
      It is strange that they did not hold until the situation was clarified.

      Yes, it seems already paid, so how to keep that ...
  2. SmacXnumx
    SmacXnumx 21 November 2013 11: 30
    0
    Eh, the infection would be like him.
  3. SmacXnumx
    SmacXnumx 21 November 2013 11: 30
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    Eh, the infection would be like him.
  4. svp67
    svp67 21 November 2013 11: 41
    +2
    At the moment, the United States is providing military support to Egypt annually in the amount of about 1,3 billion dollars.
    But how good it is, they are already saving money for their own army, but they still have enough for someone else's ... Something surprisingly "dear" ...
    1. Volodya Sibiryak
      Volodya Sibiryak 21 November 2013 11: 45
      +1
      Everything mixed up in the house of Oblomsky ...
      1. Apollo
        Apollo 21 November 2013 11: 48
        +4
        quote-s. Ezzat, the first of the Ambassador MK III boats, was solemnly handed over to the Egyptian fleet on Tuesday at a ceremony in Pensacola, Florida, according to Defense News.

        Video in topic
  5. Ahmed Osmanov
    Ahmed Osmanov 21 November 2013 12: 31
    +1
    Nothing so boat ...
  6. Poruchik 90
    Poruchik 90 21 November 2013 12: 42
    +1
    Very decent speed, except for Oto, the Volcano still stands and is beautiful to everything.
    1. mark1
      mark1 21 November 2013 18: 27
      +1
      I probably have a sense of beauty that is underdeveloped - an iron with an iron - looks like an armadillo.
      A ram would weld him ...
  7. USNik
    USNik 21 November 2013 12: 48
    +1
    TTX and additional information:
    The Ambassador-3 is an inconspicuous steel boat with an aluminum alloy superstructure of 62,6 m long, 10 m wide and a total displacement of about 779 tons. The boat is equipped with four MTU 16V 595 TE90 diesel engines with a power of 5420 hp each, maximum speed - about 41 knots, crew - 36 people, including 8 officers. Cruising range - 2 thousand nautical miles at a speed of 15 knots, autonomy - 8 days.

    The armament consists of the 76/62-mm artillery installation “Super Rapid” of the company “Oto Melara”, eight anti-ship missiles “Harpoon” Block 2, 21-container launcher MK.49 with SAM SAM Block 1A, which, together with the 20-mm six-barreled anti-aircraft gun the Mk-15 Mod.21 artillery system (Block 1B) “Falank Volcano” will provide protection against air attack equipment and small surface ships.

    The cost of one unit in the region of $ 202 million.
    1. Nayhas
      Nayhas 21 November 2013 12: 56
      -2
      "Volcano Falanks" is clearly superfluous ... 25mm would be enough. Bushmaster ...
    2. mark1
      mark1 21 November 2013 18: 01
      +1
      With such a displacement, to call this ship a bold one, it’s already a class of corvettes, or according to our RTOs.
  8. Yankuz
    Yankuz 21 November 2013 18: 51
    0
    What can I say - Beautiful boat!
  9. APASUS
    APASUS 21 November 2013 21: 19
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    An incomprehensible continuation of military assistance to a state in a dilapidated state.
    1. alone
      alone 21 November 2013 22: 59
      0
      this help has been going on for a long time. by agreement. there is nothing incomprehensible in this
      1. APASUS
        APASUS 22 November 2013 20: 11
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        Quote: lonely
        this help has been going on for a long time. by agreement. there is nothing incomprehensible in this

        Ukraine agreed with Iraq to deliver an armored personnel carrier for American money. And then misunderstandings went ............. you can be sure in the modern world only when your money is lying in a 3 liter can on the bed - that's it!
  10. Bersaglieri
    Bersaglieri 22 November 2013 01: 20
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    Quote: Poruchik 90
    Very decent speed, except for Oto, the Volcano still stands and is beautiful to everything.

    Pegasus in a modern way. Balanced boat
  11. Eugeniy_369
    Eugeniy_369 22 November 2013 20: 18
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    At the moment, the United States is providing military support to Egypt annually in the amount of about 1,3 billion dollars.
    And we still wonder why they bend so under amers ... As they say without words.