Egypt’s air force has rapidly improved since the new government was created in 2013.
Egypt’s air force has rapidly improved since the new government was created in 2013. They have made large investments in advanced weapons systems, mainly of Russian origin.
The first is the S-300V4 missile. The Egyptian military ordered the S-300V4 long-range surface-to-air missile system in 2013 along with additional BuK-M2 short-range and Tor-M2 medium-range missile systems. S-300V4 is considered an advanced platform, integrating many technologies similar to the S-400 system.
The S-300V4 is designed for increased flexibility, relying on a track chassis instead of a wheeled vehicle like the S-400’s. The platform is capable of deploying long-range supersonic missiles, similar to the S-400 system, including the 40N6E missile that can strike targets at any altitude, with ranges of up to 400km.
The rapid deployment of the S-300V4 is well-suited to the armed forces of Egypt, which are prohibited from deploying advanced weapons systems to the Sinai peninsula. The missile batteries will promptly support ground forces in the event of a conflict.
Egypt also owns E-2 Hawkeye early warning aircraft. E-2 Hawkeye is capable of tracking hundreds of aircraft at once, and can provide accurate information about the enemy’s position, directly supporting the missiles to quickly destroy the enemy.
The E-2 Hawkeye is also capable of guiding missiles, launched from F-16, Mirage 2000 and Rafale fighter jets. The E-2 Hawkeye remains a key player in Egypt’s air force, though it is shifting to rely more on Russian fighters.
Next, the Su-35, a heavy air superiority fighter, capable of engaging the Israeli F-15 Eagles fighters. Egypt’s Su-35 is capable of fighting better than all the aircraft of the countries in the region. The aircraft is equipped with R-37M long-range supersonic missile, three-dimensional thrust vector engine. The airframe is made from synthetic material, helping to reduce weight and radar signature.