“The Government of Egypt has requested to buy up to one hundred sixty-eight (168) RIM‑116C Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Block 2 tactical missiles,” DSCA said in a press release on Tuesday.

DSCA explained that the $197 million deal includes technical documentation, US government and contractor engineering, as well as technical and logistics support services.

The proposed sale will support the Egyptian Navy’s Fast Missile Craft ships and provide significantly enhanced area defense capabilities over Egypt’s coastal areas and approaches to the Suez Canal, the release added.

The supersonic RAM system is designed to protect ships by destroying incoming enemy missiles, and is currently deployed on 165 ships in 11 nations, according to manufacturer Raytheon.