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Israel and Morocco reap rewards from warmer relations

9th December 2021 - 13:30 GMT | by Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo in Milan

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Moroccan F-16C/Ds, pictured in June 2021 during the African Lion 21 military exercise. (Photo: DVIDS/Thomas Keisler).

Morocco is set to procure an array of Israeli defence equipment under a recently signed MoU — what is Rabat hoping to achieve?

After Israel and Morocco signed an MoU on 24 November for enhanced defence cooperation and intelligence-sharing, Shephard obtained confirmation from multiple sources that the security pact also foresees cooperation on the licensed manufacturing of UAVs, including loitering munitions; the procurement of C-UAS technology from Israeli company Skylock; and the purchase of Barak 8 anti-aircraft missiles.

Some of this information confirms a 21 November post on the Moroccan Armed Forces’ official Facebook page, which stated that the MoD had purchased Skylock Dome as well as four additional C-UAS systems, with the goal of reinforcing its capability to identify and neutralise UAV

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