Morocco’s acquisition of two combat-proven unmanned aerial systems, Turkish drones Bayraktar TB2 and Israeli Harop ammunition, gives the Kingdom of North Africa a decisive advantage in any future conflict, according to US magazine Forbes.
The new press report is expected to further exacerbate the concerns of the Algerian military junta that its neighbor will strengthen its military capabilities and air superiority.
The Royal Moroccan Armed Forces ordered 13 TB2 drones from Turkish drone maker Baykar in April and began taking delivery of the first units on September 17. The deal is worth $ 70 million and includes four pilot stations, adds the prestigious publication.
Two months after receiving its first TB2s, Morocco reportedly ordered another batch of six TB2s. Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (MALE) are less expensive than many other drones on the market. In addition, they have a record of largely successful fighting in the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh.
“The TB2 and accompanying ammunition combine technical capabilities at an affordable price, which means their commanders can tolerate some attrition while presenting real challenges to the enemy,” said the British Defense Minister. Ben Wallace last year.
In November, Morocco and Israel signed a defense industry cooperation agreement during Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s visit to Morocco after relations between the two countries normalized in December 2020.
According to the Frost & Sullivan group, a research and consultancy firm, Morocco should become an arms-producing country in the coming years, because the country will host by 2025 foreign factories specializing in the manufacture of weapons.