Boe­ing aims to ex­pand ser­vices in Mid­dle East through EDEX 2018

COM­PANY’S DE­FENCE CO­OP­ER­A­TION WITH EGYPT SPANNED AROUND FOUR DECADES, SAYS PRES­I­DENT

The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Ha­gar Om­ran

Boe­ing will high­light its busi­ness so­lu­tions at EDEX 2018 in line with its plan to ex­pand its ser­vices in the Mid­dle East and grow indige­nous ca­pa­bil­i­ties, Bernard J. Dunn, pres­i­dent of Boe­ing Mid­dle East, North Africa, and Tur­key (MENAT) told Daily News Egypt.

Boe­ing has a his­toric re­la­tion­ship with Egypt, Dunn added, af­firm­ing that the com­pany’s co­op­er­a­tion with the Egyp­tian mil­i­tary be­gan in 1979, when the Egyp­tian air force pur­chased two F-4 Phan­tom II fighter bombers.

“Our legacy with Egypt ex­tends be­yond a de­fence re­la­tion­ship that has spanned close to four decades. In fact, in 2016,Boe­ing and the coun­try’s na­tional car­rier, Egyp­tAir, cel­e­brated 50 years of part­ner­ship,” stated Dunn.

“The strength of the re­la­tion­ship and our sup­port for the coun­try’s aero­space in­dus­try makes us an ideal part­ner for EDEX 2018. Boe­ing is proud to spon­sor the first de­fence ex­hi­bi­tion in Egypt,” he added.

Op­er­at­ing as a third busi­ness unit of Boe­ing Global Ser­vices draws on the ca­pa­bil­i­ties, skills, and re­sources from across Boe­ing’s ser­vices, de­fence, com­mer­cial, and tech­nol­ogy teams to of­fer su­pe­rior value to cus­tomers, elab­o­rated Dunn.

As an in­te­grated com­pany, Boe­ing Global Ser­vices pro­vides in­te­grated ser­vice so­lu­tions that al­low cus­tomers to op­ti­mise their ex­penses, achieve max­i­mum as­set util­i­sa­tion, ac­com­plish their mis­sions, and get the most ef­fi­ciency through­out the life cy­cle of their in­vest­ments, in­di­cated Dunn.

In Egypt, Global Ser­vices pro­vides con­trac­tor lo­gis­tics sup­port pro­grammes for the Egyp­tian air force’s AH-64D Apache he­li­copters, which in­cludes tech­ni­cal sup­port pub­li­ca­tions, field ser­vices rep­re­sen­ta­tives, field en­gi­neer­ing, ob­so­les­cence man­age­ment, and pro­gramme man­age­ment over­sight, said Dunn, adding that ma­te­rial sup­port in­cludes lim­ited re­pairs/over­hauls, as­set man­age­ment, and lo­gis­tics.

“We will have sub­sidiaries rep­re­sented at the show in­clud­ing In­situ and Jeppe­sen and Ta­pes­try. We will also have an F-15 sim­u­la­tor and sev­eral prod­uct mod­els on dis­play in­clud­ing the CH-47F, F-15E, AH-64E, Har­poon, and ScanEa­gle3,” men­tioned Dunn.

The Egyp­tian mil­i­tary has used many Boe­ing prod­ucts in­clud­ing Apache and Chi­nook he­li­copters, the Avenger short-range air de­fence sys­tem and the Har­poon mis­sile sys­tems since 1979, de­clared Dunn.

Be­tween 1984 and 2011, the Egyp­tian armed forces (both air force and navy) pro­cured 201 Har­poon mis­siles for air, ship, and sub-launched ap­pli­ca­tions, men­tioned Dunn.

The Egyp­tian air force first se­lected the AH-64A Apaches in the mid1990s, and in 2000 Boe­ing re­ceived a con­tract to re­man­u­fac­ture Egypt’s Apache fleet to the AH-64D Apache con­fig­u­ra­tion, said Dunn, adding that in 2010, Egypt or­dered ad­di­tional AH64D Apaches for its de­fence forces.

In 2005, Boe­ing was awarded a con­tract for the sale of the Avenger fire units as well as as­so­ci­ated equip­ment, spares, and lo­gis­tics sup­port, noted Dunn, adding, “This pro­vided Egypt with two ad­di­tional short-range air de­fence brigades of the Avenger fire units. Un­der a pre­vi­ous for­eign mil­i­tary sales con­tract, Boe­ing de­liv­ered Avengers to Egypt from 2000 through 2004.”

In 2009, Egypt awarded Boe­ing a con­tract for a CH-47 Chi­nook he­li­copter, as­so­ci­ated ground equip­ment, lo­gis­tics sup­port for use in sup­port of its armed forces, dis­as­ter re­lief ef­forts, and joint ex­er­cises with US forces in the re­gion, stated Dunn.

He re­jected to men­tion any de­tails about sign­ing any new agree­ments on the side­lines of EDEX 2018, adding, “Boe­ing does not com­ment on on­go­ing dis­cus­sions.”

Bernard J. Dunn, pres­i­dent of Boe­ing Mid­dle East, North Africa, and Tur­key

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