Morocco has requested that the US provide it three Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy helicopters and associated parts, equipment and logistical support for an estimated cost of $134 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress Morocco has requested a possible the helicopters as well as six (two per helicopter) T55-GA-714A Turbine engines, 2 spare T-55-GA-714A Turbine engines, 4 AN/ARC-201E Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems (SINCGARS), mission equipment, communication and navigation equipment, ground support equipment, spare and repair parts, special tools and test equipment, technical data and publications, site survey, US government and contractor technical and logistics personnel services, and other related elements of logistics support.
The DSCA says this “proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a major Non-NATO ally which has been, and continues to be, an important force for the political stability and economic progress in Africa.”
It adds Morocco needs these helicopters to improve its capability to meet current and future needs for humanitarian missions. “Delivery of these helicopters will make it a more valuable partner in an increasingly important area of the world. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region,” it says.
The International Institute of Strategic Studies’ Military Balance notes that Morocco already operates eight CH47D helicopters.
Separately, Morocco is scheduled to receive up to 24 Lockheed Martin F16C/D Block 52 fighters at a projected cost of $2.4 billion under a deal announced last year.