Kamel, Egypt's intelligence chief and adviser to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has in the past two months presided over the Arab Intelligence Forum and the Committee on Intelligence and Security Services in Africa (CISSA). He wants to transform them into diplomatic instruments at the service of Egypt.
Egyptian defence minister Mohamed Ahmed Zaki, who is looking for new artillery systems, upped talks with South Korean defence conglomerate Hanwha Defense on a potential order for its K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers when he attended Egypt Defence Expo 2021.
The Italian manufacturer, which late last month attended the Air Power Symposium organised by Cairo, is expected to win a contract to supply its M-346 jet for use by Egyptian pilots training to fly Rafales, a second batch of which Cairo has just ordered.
Rabat has awarded a contract to the Israeli firm to equip the Moroccan army with anti-drone equipment in a clear sign that the kingdom's security cooperation with the Tel Aviv is in full swing. But the diplomatic realignment has deprived the French defence industry of market share in Morocco.
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.