Egypt Goes on an Arms Spending Spree
Oct 9, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
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- Over the past five years, Egypt has drastically increased its arms imports, making it the third largest destination for weapons in the world.
- Military necessity does not adequately explain the major increase in arms purchases. Egypt has pursued the arms buildup to bolster regional influence and global prestige and to lessen its dependence on the United States.
- The buildup has come at a significant cost to military efficiency, because the types of weaponry differ widely throughout the armed forces.
- Ultimately, such expenditures are unsustainable due to Egypt's economic realities.