Six F-16s, the first batch of 34 American-made fighters due to join the Egyptian Air Force, landed at An Shass military airport, 50 kilometres east of Cairo, on Saturday (27 March).
GV/SV F-16 fighter places on tarmac at An Shass military airport. (2 SHOTS)
GVs Crew members of airplanes standing by.
GV Workmen removing paint to reveal Egyptian Airforce markings, and painting over new marking in black. (2 SHOTS)
SV Empty cockpit PAN ALONG plane TO pilot in front seat.
GVs Major-General Edward Tixier addressing Egyptian and American officials. (2 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK TO GV F-16 plane.
GV PAN F-16 plane taking off and performing manoeuvre.
GV ZOOM INTO SCU Mr. David Lewis of General Dynamics.
GV F-16 plane flying past.
GV Submarines at dockside at Alexandria naval base.
GV Naval guard.
SV Admiral and crew members at presentation ceremony.
GV Guard standing by new submarines. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Six F-16s, the first batch of 34 American-made fighters due to join the Egyptian Air Force, landed at An Shass military airport, 50 kilometres east of Cairo, on Saturday (27 March). The others will be delivered within the next nine months. The planes, piloted by Egyptians, were delivered by Mr. David Lewis, representing the American makers, General Dynamics. Major-General Edward Tixier, chief of the American Office of Military Co-operation in Egypt, was present at the delivery ceremony. The United States has replaced the Soviet Union as Egypt's main arms supplier since Cairo-Moscow relations became strained about seven years ago. On the same day, two Chinese-built submarines with Egyptian crews arrived at Alexandria naval base. China is also supplying Egypt with Chinese-built Mig-19 fighters and spare parts for Soviet-built weapons, including Mig-21 fighters. President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, who also made an arms deal with France at the beginning of the year, has stressed recently that he considers Egypt's place to be among the non-aligned nations.