Egypt approves the deployment of Egyptian troops to conduct military action in Libya
According to information released by the Aljazeera website on July 21, 2020, the Egyptian parliament on Monday, July 20, 2020, has approved the deployment of Egyptian troops to conduct military action in Libya.
Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), with the support of the foreign country, recently launched an offensive against the Libyan National Army in northwest Libya and vowed to advance to capture Sirte and the inland Al-Jufra airbase.
Egypt is the second military force in the Middle East after Iran, with a total of 439,000 military personnel. The armed forces of Egypt are the largest in the region and are principally focused on territorial integrity and internal security, including combating ISIS-affiliated groups in northern Sinai.
The Egyptian armed forces’ inventory primarily comprises obsolete Soviet-era systems and newer Western equipment. However, the armed forces are undertaking an extensive equipment-recapitalization program, which is seeing the delivery of Russian multi-role fighters, attack helicopters, and SAM surface-to-air missile systems.
Combat aircraft have also been sourced from France and armed UAVs from China. Naval recapitalization includes German-built submarines and French-designed frigates. Egypt has an established domestic defense industry, supplying equipment for both the armed forces and export markets, ranging from small arms to armored vehicles. There is a history of licensed and co-production with foreign companies, including the local assembly of M1A1 main battle tanks from US-supplied kits and the production of frigates with French assistance.
According to the military balance 2020, the Egyptian army has a total of 3,620 main battle tanks including 1,130 M1A1 Abrams, 300 M60A1 850 M60A3, 500 T-62, 840 T-54/T-55.