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Tuesday, November 25, 2003
EGYPT TO PRODUCE FINNISH TOWED HOWITZERS

EGYPT TO PRODUCE FINNISH TOWED HOWITZERS

LONDON [MENL] -- Egypt has completed an agreement to manufacture artillery
systems under license from Finland.

Industry sources said the Egyptian Army has launched a project to produce
the 155 mm towed howitzer by Finland's Patria Vammas. The agreement calls
for the production of Patria's 155 GH 52 155mm towed howitzers.

The contract calls for Egyptian production to take place at the Abu Zaabal
Engineering Industries Co. The London-based Jane's Defence Weekly reported
that the artillery would be designated the E52 and that Egypt would obtain
technology to produce the system.

The Patria 155 GH 52 has a range of 41.3 kilometers. The howitzer is a 155
mm and 52 caliber system.
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