President of F-16 jet manufacturer Lockheed Martin in Cairo for talks
President of Lockheed Martin Corporation Marillyn A. Hewson

CAIRO: President of Lockheed Martin Corporation Marillyn A. Hewson arrived in Cairo Wednesday to meet with Egyptian officials as part of a series of visits of U.S. directors of defense companies and security officials, Youm7 reported.

U.S.-based Lockheed Martin is one of the world’s largest defense companies; it produces F-16 Fighting Falcon jets.

Egyptian Military Tanks Factory 200 was reopened Oct. 25 after three years of closure; 10 days earlier, Minister of Military Production Mohamed al-Assar met with U.S. ambassador to Egypt Robert S. Beecroft and Donald Schenk, head of American General Dynamics defense company to discuss resuming the production of M1A1 tanks in Egypt.

Egyptian and U.S. military officials have met in Cairo on several occasions in the past few months amid growing military cooperation after the U.S. resumed military aid to Egypt in March.

Defense Minister Sedqy Sobhy met with U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and his accompanying delegation in Cairo Monday.

Egypt’s Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazy met with Raymond A. Thomas, U.S. commander of Joint Special Operations Command Nov. 5, while on Nov. 3, he met with U.S. commander of Naval Forces Central Command Kevin M. Donegan.

Hegazy also met with a delegation of the U.S. House of Representatives in September to discuss counter terrorism, while Sedqy Sobhy met with U.S. Central Command Lloyd Austin.

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