IOMAX AT-802 strike aircraft are now operating from Egypt’s Bir Gifgafah Air Base in the Sinai Peninsula, satellite imagery shows.
Two AT-802s were seen at Bir Gifgafah in DigitalGlobe imagery taken on 16 January and three on the following day.
They were on the same parking apron where AVIC Wing Loong unmanned aerial vehicles were seen in November 2016 and February 2017. While no Wing Loongs could be seen in the latest imagery, these could have been flying or inside a new hangar that has been constructed as part of a wider base renovation programme.
Jane’s reported in January 2015 that the United Air Emirates had donated 12 of its Air Tractor-derived AT-802 Border Patrol Aircraft to Egypt to support counter-insurgency operations in the Sinai, but these have never been seen until now.
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