Morocco: the United States approves a new arms contract

Following US Major General Todd Wasmund’s recent visit to Morocco, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency reported a possible new arms sale to Rabat. This current cooperation would include the purchase by Morocco wireless tactical and ground control systems, at an estimated cost of $141.1 million.

As part of this operation, the Moroccan government has also requested the purchase of six Joint Tactical Multifunctional Information Radio Systems (MIDS-JTRS). According to the Agency’s press release, it would be “KY-100M narrowband/broadband terminals, KIV-78 and KIV-77 cryptographic applications, AN/PYQ-10 Single Key Loader (SKL), additional devices for secure communication and cryptography” and “precision navigation equipment; unclassified and classified software, software support and support equipment”.

PHOTO/EJERCITO DE LOS ESTADOS – General Todd Wasmund, commander of the US Army’s Task Force Southern Europe Africa in Morocco

They indicate that the sale, which has not yet been confirmed, will help Morocco to “strengthen their capacities” against current regional challenges, through intelligence and targeting reports aimed at improving its “security and defense”.

These new capabilities are intended to serve as a deterrent to Morocco, in order to strengthen its defensive capacities. This new cooperation is also part of the ambitions of the Alaouite kingdom to become one of the most important regional powers in terms of armaments.

AFP/FADEL SENNA – US AH-64 Apache attack helicopters fly overhead during the second annual African Lion military exercise in the Tan-Tan region

In this arms race that is taking place in North Africa, Morocco intends to continue on this path, taking advantage of the good relations it maintains with the United States, one of its main arms suppliers. . Thus, this sale coincides with the modernization measures that Rabat is implementing to continue working on equipping the Moroccan army. The United States also ensures that this support “will not alter the basic military balance in the region” and will have “no negative impact on U.S. defense preparedness.”

In the case of this new acquisition, Morocco would remain the largest buyer of American arms on the African continent. Over the past decade, the Alaouite kingdom has improved the capabilities of its naval and air forces, purchasing American-made F-16 fighters, Apache helicopters, drones and Patriot air defense systems, as well as aircraft. reconnaissance G-550.

AFP/FADEL SENNA – An F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet from the Royal Moroccan Air Force flies over the scene during the military exercise “African Lion”

In addition to the United States, the signing of the Abraham Accords led Israel to officially begin, for the first time, diplomatic relations with several Arab countries, including Morocco. In this way, Israel also contributes significantly to improving Morocco’s capabilities through the sale of drones, planes and cyber-attack systems.

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Morocco: the United States approves a new arms contract

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