Egypt Military Power 2020-2021

World ranking: 14 

Overview

The Egyptian Armed Forces is arguably the largest military in the Middle East. Acquiring thousands of weapons from both eastern and western nations and with a huge amount of personnel due to conscription, the Egyptian military is impressive on paper.

Capital: Cairo

Population: 102 million

Defence Budget: 11.2 billion

Total Personnel: 910,000

land forces

With a combined total of over twenty thousand land systems, the Egyptian Army is huge. Egypt has the second largest fleet of M1 Abrams, however without the depleted uranium armour Egypt's base model M1A1s are not comparable to the ones operated by the USA. 

Tanks: 4,416

AFV: 11,700

MLRS: 1,084

SPG: 1,139

Air force

The Egyptian Air Force has combat jets from Russia, France and the United States. The most notable being MIG 29Ms, Dassualt Mirages and F-16s. Though this may sound good in theory it  means that the air force will have fighter pilots who can't operate other fighter jets. It also means that friendly fire is much more likely. It should be mentioned that the Egyptian Air Force loses multiple fighter jets per year due to maintenance and training deficiencies.   

Fighters: 215

Attack: 88

Armed UAVs: 28

Attack Helicopters: 81

Helicopters: 294

Other: 457

Navy

The Egyptian Navy is the largest in the Mediterranean in terms of total vessels. Its heavy fleet consists of two Mistral class LHDs, eight submarines, seven frigates and seven corvettes. With a large number of missile boats, the Egyptian Navy aims to drown its opponents with its numbers. This strategy of utilising missile boats rather than larger vessels is an emulation of the Israeli naval doctrine. The Egyptian Navy just like its other branches, has an impressive array of equipment from many different suppliers. It remains to be seen how effective this concoction will be in a conflict.

Total Vessels: 316

Carriers and LHDs: 2

Destroyers: 0

Frigates: 7

Corvettes: 7

Submarines: 8

Strong points

  • Numbers

  • Has two LHDs

weak points

  • Training is very bad

  • Lack of coordination 

  • Equipment derived from different countries does and will cause issues with training, maintenance and prevention of friendly fire/friend-foe identification.

Statistics

Manpower

910,000

Tanks

4,416

AFV

11,700

MLRS

1,084

SPG

1,139

Fighters

215

Attack 

88

UCAV

28

Attack helis

81

Helicopters

294

Other

457

Total vessels

316

Aircraft Carriers

2

Destroyers

0

Frigates

7

Corvettes

7

Submarines

8