False Hopes and False Starts: Egypt’s Efforts to Modernize its Military Industry

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Author(s): Egypt Defense Review

Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/egypt-modernize-military/

In late 2018 on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt hosted its very first tri-service arms fair. The Egypt Defence Expo (EDEX), which began December 3, brought arms companies from around the world under one roof in an attempt to capitalize on a booming weapons market.

EDEX was a rare opportunity for the country to showcase its military industry on the international stage. Egypt’s recent grandiose arms procurements from multiple sources, combined with aspirations of indigenous, self-sufficient arms industries, are efforts toward securing strategic and sustainable arms supplies but are likely destined to fall well short of government expectations.

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