France's ECA Group goes on offensive with its mine detection drones
For want of sufficient funds, the Egyptian navy has turned down Naval Group's proposition for new minesweepers but it may fall back on a cheaper offer from ECA Group.
After being prevented from competing for Egyptian arms contracts along with other French companies for the last two years, France's Naval Group is trying to get back into the Egyptian market. It is negotiating to sell Egypt a number of mine countermeasures vessels via a contract which will certainly involve offsets, which are the key to success on the Egyptian military equipment market.
The aircraft manufacturers Grob Aircraft, Sierra Nevada, Aero Vodochody and Leonardo have offered to supply training craft to the Egyptian army, which is looking to upgrade its fleet and also to train its pilots in flying Rafale combat planes, and perhaps Russian Sukhois too, much to Washington's consternation.
Wassel Corporation is hoping to equip the Egyptian army with border control technologies. Its boss, a former director of the US defence giant SAIC, will be able to draw on his influential military networks at the Pentagon and in Cairo.
Following the Cairo visit of the president of the Sudanese transition Abdel Fattah Al Burhan, Egyptian intelligence has opened a military liaison bureau in Khartoum. The stated objective is to prevent any Islamist rearguard action against the transitional government.
President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi has deployed his ambassador Osama Abdel Khalek to protect himself against any accusations of partiality towards the Oromo guerilla movement that is waging an armed campaign against the Ethiopian government.