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Since Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi became president in June 2014, the Egyptian military has embarked on a massive spending spree.This included $5.9 billion from France for 24 Rafale jet fighters and $1.1 billion for two Mistral helicopter carriers, whose primary purpose is amphibious landing and assault operations.For example, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, total international arms transfers to Egypt (based on 1990 fixed prices) averaged $611 million per year between 2000 and 2013 – but an additional $1.47 billion was spent in 2015 alone, or 32 percent of all military arms transfers since 2008 .Even in countries where Egypt was expected to increase its military involvement, it has not done so.Although the U.S. temporarily suspended weapons shipments after the 2013 coup, under the Camp David accords it still gives Egypt $1.3 billion annually in military aid, making Egypt the second-largest recipient of U.S. military financing in the world.
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