Egyptian M-1 Fleet Expands

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  1. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    If this is true, this transaction needs to be stopped.

    Egyptian M-1 Fleet Expands

    November 25, 2011: Egypt has purchased components for another 125 American M-1A1 tanks, at a cost of $3.2 million each. The components are shipped to Egypt and assembled there. That process will take about four years. This is the 11th batch assembled by Egypt, giving them 1,130 M-1 tanks. Eight years ago, the price was $2.2 million each. Because of this large M-1 force, and over a thousand U.S. M-60 tanks they have, Egypt has taken its Russian tanks out of service during the last decade.

    The 1979 peace deal between Egypt and Israel, brokered by the United States, included an agreement to provide Egypt with new weapons and this led to a 1984 agreement to provide 500 M-1 tanks, although Egypt wanted 1,500. Production did not begin in Egypt until 1992. The Egyptians were quite pleased with the M-1s. However, the expense of training with the M-1s (which consume 12 liters/three gallons of fuel per kilometer traveled) and the reliance on conscripts for tank crews has made the M-1s less effective than those used by the United States. However, the Egyptians put their best recruits into M-1 crews and spend a lot of time doing drills in stationary tanks and with simulators.

    Thus while Egyptian crew training and tank maintenance may not be up to Israeli standards, the Egyptians feel they have a better tank force than they ever did in the past, especially when they relied largely on Russian equipment.
  2. ofitg

    ofitg Active Member

    Feb 25, 2010
    My Gosh, Hillary's people have been keeping busy!
  3. gad1111

    gad1111 Member

    Nov 25, 2009
    Swanton, Ohio
    Seems to me that selling any weapons to any country in the middle east (except Israel)
    is a really bad idea with the muslim brotherhood and other extremists trying to take over the whole region. But maybe thats just me:rolleyes:
  4. Rhuga

    Rhuga Member

    Oct 25, 2011
    Henderson, Nevada
    Sounds like if we pull out from the Middle East, the Rag Heads will have to defend themselves against themselves.
  5. Porkbutt

    Porkbutt New Member

    Nov 22, 2011
    DFW Texas
    As it should be.

  6. al45lc

    al45lc Active Member

    Mar 8, 2010
    colorful colorado
    Export M-1's are NOT the same as the U.S. version, the do not have the 120mm gun (it's the NATO 105mm) nor the Chobham/D.U. armor pack. And technically they(the Egyptians) are a Major Non-NATO Ally.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2011
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