Elbit Systems strengthens presence in Morocco

By Arie Egozi

Israeli company Elbit Systems will manufacture defence systems for Morocco's armed forces in its planned production sites in Morocco. Additionally, they will produce systems for countries in Africa. Elbit recently announced plans to open two sites in Morocco. Sources indicate that one of the facilities may be located in the Casablanca region, although this information is not confirmed. As reported by Defence Industry Europe, Morocco is seeking a more diversified range of Israeli weapon systems.

Since the signing of the Abraham Accords in 2020, Morocco has become a significant client of the Israeli defence industries. Israeli sources attribute this change in requirements to ongoing tensions between Morocco and Algeria, despite UN mediation. The dispute revolves around the status of Western Sahara, where Morocco’s sovereignty claims have gained international recognition.

Given the need for advanced weapon systems, Morocco’s new relations with Israel have provided lucrative options for Rabat. In February, Israel and Morocco concluded a $500 million deal for the Barak MX air and missile defence system, manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The Barak-MX is a modular air defence system designed to address missile and aircraft threats. It operates on both marine platforms and land, belonging to the Barak missile family.



The agreement with Elbit Systems is part of Morocco’s efforts to enhance its readiness for potential conflicts with neighboring Algeria. Following the initial agreement, the Moroccans submitted a long list of Israeli-made military systems they wish to acquire. After purchasing 150 eVTOL drones from Israeli company Bluebird, Morocco is now evaluating additional types of Israeli-made unmanned air systems. The variety of UAV types has expanded since IAI acquired 50% of Bluebird. The initial contract includes some production in Morocco.

Morocco has requested Israel to supply its armed forces with a wide range of advanced defence systems, including UAVs, radars, communication systems, and early warning systems. According to Israeli sources, Morocco is now requesting more systems, including advanced offensive capabilities. Elbit’s decision to establish two sites in the country is a response to this demand. Initially, the systems will be assembled at the sites, with plans to open production lines in the future.

Elbit Systems has not provided further details about its planned activity in Morocco, according to sources.




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