Despite rising tensions between Egypt and the U.S., the Egyptian military and U.S. defense makers are not likely to cut ties with one another, say experts, as the U.S. needs Egypt's air space and help in the Suez Canal and Egypt prefers the quality of U.S.-made weaponry. "[E]verybody is very nervous about this new Egypt, if you sever the long-term relationship with the Egyptian military, do they then turn to the Chinese or the Russians, neither of which care much about human rights?" said Kenneth Pollack of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.

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