Subscribe Free
in Defence / Features

Phantom wing finally re-equipped with F-16s

Posted 23 July 2020 · Add Comment

Egyptian and US military officers gathered at the formal re-opening of the fighter brigade at Cairo West Airport, which now operates the Block 52 F-16C/D.

The 222nd Tactical Fighter Brigade retired its last F-4E Phantoms in 1988, placing the aircraft in storage/reserve, while the 76th and 78th Squadrons were inactivated.
Now, however, the base has been rebuilt to accommodate new F-16s, which have replaced the ageing Phantoms, writes Jon Lake.
The Egyptian Air Force was supplied with 35 ex-USAFE F-4Es under the September 1977 Peace Pharaoh agreement, and also received AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missiles at a cost of $594 million. Ten further F-4Es were delivered between 1988 and 2000, bringing the 76th and 78th Squadrons to full strength and replacing losses.
Plans to procure more F-4Es were abandoned in favour of acquiring the F-16, and the multi-phase Peace Vector programme saw Egypt receiving a total of 220 F-16s between 1982 and 2002. Some 138 were delivered to Block 40 standards, 46 of them built by TUSAS in Turkey, and the remaining Block 15 F-16A/Bs and Block 32 F-16C/Ds were upgraded to Block 42 standards. These aircraft equipped air wings at Inshas, Beni Suef, Abu Sueir, Gianaklis, and Fayid.
However, the final 16 Block 52 F-16Cs and four F-16Ds, ordered under Peace Vector VII, were always intended to re-equip the units at Cairo West, and Peace Vector VII also covered the upgrade of existing F-4 operations and maintenance facilities to allow their use for the F-16 programme.
Cairo West Air Base was to be fully functional, self-sustaining, and not reliant on facilities at other bases for operational or maintenance functions, while supporting operations by the F-4, the Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye AEW aircraft, and the Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport.
This saw the construction of more than 100 buildings vital to the operation and maintenance of the aircraft including hangars, training facilities, munitions storage, living quarters, dining halls, and offices.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completion of the $184 million construction project and the delivery of the 20 Peace Vector VII Block 52 F-16s was held in late 2019. The new F-16s finally replaced the Egyptian F-4 fleet early this year, providing a significant increase in military capability.
 

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Emirates and Sheraa sign MOU

Emirates has signed an MoU with Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa) to strengthen and expand the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the UAE.

Sanad closes US$ 55M financing deal with Commercial Bank of Dubai

Sanad Capital, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company and the global aerospace engineering and leasing solutions leader, has closed a US$ 55 million debt financing deal with the Commercial Bank of Dubai, one of the

Diplomatic breakthrough paves way for Etihad-Israeli MRO deal

Etihad’s expanding engineering division could notch up a new customer in Israeli carrier El Al?

Combi unlocks Texel's loads of potential...

As lead operator of the new Boeing 737-700 FlexCombi freighter conversion, Bahrain-based Texel Air is looking towards more distant horizons, as Alan Dron reports.

TAV Technologies receives IDC award for passenger flow management solution

The Passenger Flow Management Platform developed by Turkey’s TAV Technologies received the highest accolade in the category of customer experience during the CIO Summit, organised by International Data Corporation (IDC) Turkey.

Qatar Airways opens new state-of-the-art engine facility

Qatar Airways has opened a new state-of-the-art Engine Facility as part of the vision to streamline the cost of its Technical Maintenance operations by more than $2.2m per year.

EDGE SK2601300621
See us at
DAS21_BTWorld Defence Show 2022Aviation Africa 2021 BTNNAviation MENA 2021