Morocco to procure more Israeli weapon systems

By Arie Egozi

Morocco wants some more types of Israeli weapon systems, now according to sources the shopping list is "more diversified".

Since the signing of the Abraham accords in 2020 Morocco became a very serious client of the Israeli defence industries.

The reason for that change of requirements is according to Israeli sources the continued tensions between Morocco and Algeria that stems from in spite of UN mediation.

The dispute is over the status of Western Sahara, where Morocco’s sovereignty claims seem to have gained international recognition.

Morocco needs advanced weapon systems and the new relations with Israel opened some very lucrative options for Rabat.

In February, Israel and Morocco concluded a $500 million deal to provide the kingdom with the Barak MX air and missile defence system manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).  Morocco also purchased the Skylock Dome anti-drone system from Israel in 2021.

Barak MX is a modular air defence system and is designed to address missile and aircraft threats. It operates both in marine platforms and land, and belongs to the Barak missile family

The deal with the Israeli company is part of Morocco’s effort to get advanced weapon systems to be better ready for the conflict with neighbouring Algeria .

After the initial agreement between Israel and Morocco has been signed the Moroccans have submitted a long list of Israeli made military systems they want to acquire from Israeli companies.

After purchasing 150 eVTOL drones made by Israeli company Bluebird, Morocco is evaluating more types of Israeli made unmanned air systems.

The deal included two types – the WanderB and the ThunderB. Now Morocco is evaluating more types. The variety of UAV types has grown after Israel aerospace industries (IAI ) acquired 50 % of Bluebird. The first contract includes performing some of the production in Morocco.

Morocco has asked Israel to supply its armed forces with a long list of advanced defence systems. The list includes different types of UAV’s , radars, communication system and early warning systems.

Now according to Israeli sources Morocco is requesting more systems and the list includes some very advanced offensive ones.


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