Under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt has been seeking to expand and update its military capabilities, placing orders and recieving hardware from diverse sources, including the United States, France and Russia. Recent deals include: more M1A1 Abrams tanks, Appache helicopters and F16 fighter jets from the US; Rafale fighter jets, Mistral-class helicopter carriers and a FREMM-class frigate from France; and orders for MiG-29 and MiG-35 fighter jets, as well as naval hardware, from Russia.
Egypt has become the world’s fourth-biggest weapons importer, spending almost US$2.3 billion in 2015, according to the Global Defence Trade Report from consulting firm IHS. Before 2013, Egypt spent $1 billion or less annually, but "there’s been this ramp-up," according to Ben Moores, a senior defense analyst at IHS Aerospace, Defence & Security, who wrote the report.
Egypt's latest warship, Ahmed Fadel, handed over from the Russian Navy