Reports indicate that China and North Korea are helping Egypt “modernize [its] short-range missile systems.”

This work is being carried out by technicians from China’s Precision Machinery Import-Export Corporation. They are in Egypt working with the North Koreans, as the North Koreans are working with Cairo.

The aim appears to be to take Egypt beyond a simplistic scud missile capability to a more advanced scud or a different missile altogether.

This escalation in missile technology comes at time when the U.S. is scheduled to deliver 20 F-16 fighters to Cairo as a part of a $1.5 billion arms package approved with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

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