Egypt's Ministry of State for Military Production plans to increase ammunition, weapon, equipment manufacture. Thus, the Ministry allocated EGP 7.3 billion (about $450 million) for this purpose, says Daily News Egypt. The Egyptian news portal claims to have obtained the details of this plan.
According to the source, this plan is expected to meet the needs of the Egyptian armed forces for the next 10 years. Moreover, it is to direct the surplus for export in the period from 2025 to 2030.
The main points covered by this plan on the report of the Egyptian source are:
- deepening local manufacturing
- increasing the role of technical research
- creating cooperation with international companies
- completing the development and rehabilitation of production lines
- developing ammunition production: ammunition of all kinds, components, and explosives in eight companies.
- increasing the capacity of small arms ammunition to about 73 million units compared to the current 50 million.
- increasing the production of certain parts of medium weapons ammunition
- increasing the production capacity of heavy munitions to 80,000.
- developing the production of weapons and equipment, in coordination with the Armed Forces’ Armament Authority and the Weapons and Ammunition Department. This covers the launch of an integrated medium-range air defence system, the production of an Egyptian tank, and the design and manufacture of a protection system for armoured fighting vehicles.
"The Ministry of military production has also developed a targeted training plan in cooperation with specialised training bodies such as the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT); the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Egypt; the American University in Cairo (AUC); the National Planning Institute (NPI). This has been with a view to raising the efficiency of workers, especially young people," added the source.
With the arrival of President Al-Sisi to office in 2014, he started a modernization plan to upgrade the capacities of the Egyptian Armed Forces after nearly half a century of stagnating operational capacities.