In an exclusive interview with Sky News Arabia, Morsi said that the second session of “EDEX 2021” will be an opportunity for Egypt to emphasize the strength of its international relations and its enjoyment of security and stability.
Egyptian machine gun
Regarding the expected surprises at EDEX 2021, the Egyptian minister revealed the completion of the implementation of a local production line for the entire multi-machine gun, which includes in its design about 265 parts of different materials.
He pointed out that the production rate of this line is large enough to meet the needs of the armed forces and export to brotherly and friendly countries abroad.
Among the surprises also at the level of the defense and military industries, according to the minister, was that Egypt provided types of ammunition that were not produced locally before.
It is expected that more than 400 exhibitors from major international and local companies working in the field of defense industries, and more than 30,000 visitors from defense industry professionals, will participate in this year’s session of the Defense Industries Exhibition.
According to data from the international company organizing the exhibition in cooperation with the Egyptian authorities, the exhibition is an opportunity to exchange experiences between various workers in the leading global and local authorities in the field of armament systems and defense and military industries.
EDEX 2021 is the largest event in the military industries sector in Egypt and Africa, as it brings together major local and international companies in the fields of defense and armament (land – sea – air).
Two Egyptian armored vehicles
The Vice-President of the National Authority for Military Production, Mohamed Salah El-Din, stated that during “EDEX 2021”, Egypt will present the Egyptian armored vehicle “Sina 200”, and the development of the armored vehicle “ST500”.
Salah El-Din said, in an exclusive interview with “Sky News Arabia”, that the armored vehicle “Sina 200” was designed and produced by the ministry as a tracked armored vehicle comparable to the Russian “BMP”.
Salah El-Din pointed out that the beginning of the design and production of this armored vehicle inside the “200 Military” armored production and repair factory was under the directives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the President of the Republic.
In his speech to us, he pointed out that the new armored vehicle is characterized by speed and flexibility, and was provided with a net to protect it from RPG-type missiles directed at it, with additional armored steel added to it, which the Ministry has recently started to produce.
Regarding the ST-500 armored vehicle, the Vice-President of the National Authority for Military Production said that it is a multi-tasking armored vehicle with a degree of protection that ranks as the highest in its class.
The Egyptian official stressed the existence of directives to pay attention to efforts related to the localization of defense industries, as well as the keenness of the Ministry of Military Production to cooperate with major international companies in their various projects, and to achieve the strategic goal, which is to produce the needs of the armed forces and the police and to exploit the surplus in supporting civil society and exporting abroad.