An initial shipment of mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles from the United States arrived in Alexandria on Thursday for delivery to Egypt's security forces, the US embassy in Cairo announced Thursday evening.
"Today's delivery is the first batch of a total 762 MRAP vehicles that the United States will transfer to Egypt," said the statement.
The new vehicles, originally designed for US military operations in Afghanistan, will be used to combat terrorism in the region, according to the US embassy statement.
"This delivery of MRAPs is part of the US Department of Defense’s Excess Defense Articles grant program, in which the vehicles are transferred at no-cost to the government of Egypt," the statement added.
The US embassy senior defense official in Cairo, Major General Charles Hooper, was quoted in the statement as saying that “the delivery of these MRAPs to Egypt provides a crucial capability needed during these times of regional instability and is part of the continuing strong relationship between the US and Egypt.”
In its fight against terrorists in North Sinai, hundreds Egyptian security personnel have been killed by roadside bombs.