U.S. still plans to send F-16s to Egypt in coming weeks

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States plans to deliver four more F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in the coming weeks, U.S. defence officials told Reuters on Wednesday, even after the military-backed overthrow of the country's elected president.

"There is no current change in the plan to deliver F-16s to the Egyptian military," one U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A second official said the deliveries were likely in August.

Another eight F-16s were slated to be delivered in December.

Washington has so far dodged the thorny issue of labelling the Egyptian army's ouster of President Mohamed Mursi a coup, which would require the Obama administration by law to halt aid to the Egyptian army.

The United States has already disbursed US$650 million (S$ 828 million) in military aid to Egypt for fiscal year 2013 which ends in September, and another US$585 million is pending, the second U.S. official said.

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