Egypt

Profitable Weapons Sales to Egypt Complicate Diplomatic Response to Coup

Military regimes do love their things that go bang

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Last week, as Egyptian security forces killed hundreds of supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi, the U.S. Air Force awarded a contract to General Electric to upgrade the Egyptian air force's fighter jets.

The deal, worth nearly $14 million, is to extend the lives of 18 engines used on F-16s and other fighters.

The routine agreement is a reminder of the complexities that might be involved with potentially cutting military ties to Egypt — and of the U.S. jobs at stake. Work on the engine project is scheduled to wrap up Oct. 31 just outside Cincinnati, where GE's aviation business is based.