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Morocco acquiring Javelin anti-tank missiles

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Morocco is boosting its anti-tank missile capability with the acquisition of more than 600 Javelins, which are being acquired at a cost of $260...

Morocco receives more Metal Shark boats

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Morocco’s Royal Gendarmerie has taken delivery of four Fearless Super Interceptor boats manufactured by Metal Shark. Metal Shark said the latest delivery of four brings...

African air forces grappling with aircraft maintenance

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The South African Air Force is one of the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its fighter jet fleet is among the most advanced overall on...

Boeing begins Moroccan Apache production ahead of 2024 deliveries

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Boeing has started manufacturing the first of 24 AH-64E Apache helicopters for Morocco at its Mesa, Arizona, facility, ahead of deliveries to the North...

Morocco fishing for Piranha?

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A high-ranking Swiss delegation visited Morocco earlier this month. Its members, led by Guy Parmelin, the equivalent of the Swiss Minister of the Economy,...

Moroccan H135M deliveries begin

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The Royal Moroccan Air Force has taken delivery of the first of its two H135M helicopters ordered from Airbus Helicopters, marking the beginning of...

Is Morocco Israel’s next defence Eldorado?

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On 17 July, Israel officially recognized Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara. This recognition is another sign of the growing ties between the...

Pratt & Whitney to build engine factory in Morocco

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Pratt & Whitney will launch an affiliate, Pratt & Whitney Maroc (PWM), in Casablanca, to manufacture detailed static and structural machined parts for various...

Morocco and Brazil forge closer defence ties

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In February, the Foreign Relations and National Defence Committee of Brazil's Senate approved a draft decree for a defence cooperation agreement with Morocco, aimed...

Morocco seeking HIMARS and JSOW weapons from the United States

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The United States has approved two foreign military sales to Morocco, for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and Joint Stand Off Weapons (JSOW)...

Morocco supports Ukraine with tank sale

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Morocco will become the first African nation to offer military support to Ukraine with the sale of T-72 tanks. Under the deal, the United States...

Western Sahara: the six-decade struggle to liberate Africa’s last colony

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Western Sahara is the territory in north-west Africa bordered by Morocco in the north, Algeria and Mauritania in the east and the Atlantic Ocean...

Moroccan F-16s getting smart bomb release system to expand firepower

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Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16 fighters will be able to double the amount of smart weapons they can carry thanks to new L3Harris smart...

Morocco secures $92 million loan for Spanish OPV

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Morocco has secured a $92 million loan with Spanish multinational financial services provider Santander Group to fund the purchase of an offshore patrol vessel...

Morocco receiving BlueBird UAVs

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Israel’s BlueBird Aero is supplying over 100 WanderB and ThunderB unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Moroccan Army The company confirmed the selection of its...

Morocco acquiring ground command and control equipment from the US

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The United States has approved a possible $141 million sale of MIDS-JTRS ground command and control equipment to Morocco. The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency...

ISS: Migrants at the mercy of Morocco’s iron fist

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On 24 June, around 2 000 sub-Saharan African migrants, who had gathered the night before in north-eastern Morocco, set off at dawn to cross...

Moroccan military orders H135 helicopters

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The Royal Moroccan Armed Forces have ordered a fleet of H135 helicopters from Airbus for military training. Airbus Helicopters made the announcement on the opening...

US, Moroccan Special Forces team up for inaugural cyber training

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US Army Soldiers with the 3rd Special Forces Group Tactical Information Support Centre, Expeditionary Cyber Team 2, and Royal Moroccan Special Operations Forces have...

Morocco receives VL MICA missiles, Sherpa vehicles from France

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Morocco’s armed forces are taking delivery of Sherpa armoured vehicles and VL MICA air defence systems from France following contracts signed some two years...

New military aircraft maintenance facility being established in Morocco

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Sabca and Sabena Aerospace, part of Belgium’s Blueberry Group, together with Lockheed Martin, are establishing a military aircraft maintenance facility in Morocco. The Blueberry Group...

Morocco gets Metal Shark boats from the United States

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The Royal Moroccan Navy has taken delivery of two Metal Shark boats from the United States. The boats were handed over on 24 March during...

IAI, Morocco sign aeronautical Memorandum of Understanding

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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Morocco have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) covering the aeronautical sector as part of the implementation of the...

Morocco’s gendarmerie acquires TX-10 boats

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Morocco’s gendarmerie has acquired TX-10.0 boats from European shipyard Vanguard Marine. On 15 February, the company said it had manufactured five custom TX-10.0 boats for...

Morocco getting Barak air defence systems from Israel

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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been contracted by Morocco to supply its Barak MX air defence systems in a deal worth over $500 million. This...

Israel signs defence pact with Morocco, as cooperation with new Arab...

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Israel signed a defence pact with Morocco on Wednesday, its latest public display of readiness to advance national security interests in tandem with Arab...

Moroccan Air Force receives Ground Master radar

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The Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF) has received a Ground Master 400 radar from Thales in the company’s 100th delivery of the system. Thales said...

Fugitive Moroccans from diverted Spanish plane ‘fled to Barcelona’

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At least two of the 12 Moroccan passengers hunted by police following an emergency landing on the Spanish island of Mallorca escaped by ferry...

Moroccan king ignores Algeria accusation in speech

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Morocco's King Mohammed gave a speech about Western Sahara on Saturday but made no mention of an Algerian accusation that Morocco targeted Algerian civilians...

Algeria says Moroccan bombardment killed three Algerians on Western Sahara border

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Algeria said on Wednesday that Moroccan bombardment had killed three of its citizens in the border area between Mauritania and the disputed territory of...

Turkey expands armed drone sales to Ethiopia and Morocco – sources

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Turkey has expanded its exports of armed drones by negotiating sales deals with Morocco and Ethiopia after their successful use in international conflicts, according...

Morocco receives first Bayraktar UAV

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The Royal Moroccan Armed Forces (FAR) have apparently received the first Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on order from Turkey. Photos circulating online in...

ISS: Algeria-Morocco rift another blow to Africa’s free trade aspirations

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The AU and AfCFTA secretariat should facilitate talks on economic cooperation between the two North African countries. Algerian Foreign Affairs Minister Ramtane Lamamra’s announcement on...

Algerian official warns of further measures against Morocco

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Algeria may escalate its dispute with Morocco and take more steps after having cut off relations and closed airspace, a senior Algerian diplomat said...

Algeria closes airspace to Moroccan aviation as dispute deepens

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Algeria's supreme security council decided on Wednesday to close the country's airspace to all Moroccan civil and military aircraft, the Algerian presidency said, less...

Algeria cuts diplomatic relations with Morocco

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Algeria cut diplomatic relations with Morocco on Tuesday, citing what it called hostile actions by its most populous neighbour with which it has had...

Morocco wants strong ties with Spain after diplomatic rift – king...

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Morocco is keen to strengthen ties with Spain after a rift between the two countries this spring, Moroccan King Mohammed said on Friday, though...

Algeria accuses groups it links to Morocco, Israel of setting wildfires

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Algeria on Wednesday blamed devastating wildfires this month on two groups it recently designated as terrorist organisations, adding that one of them was backed...

Spain starts returning Moroccan minors after Ceuta migration crisis

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Spain on Friday started sending hundreds of Moroccan youths, who in May crossed into its North African enclave of Ceuta, back to Morocco after...

Rights activists urge Morocco not to extradite Uyghur man to China

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Moroccan human rights activists on Tuesday urged Rabat not to extradite a Uyghur man to China, citing fears he might face arbitrary detention or...

Raytheon receives $200 million order for Moroccan F-16 engines

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Raytheon has been awarded a $212 million contract for F100-PW-229 engines for Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16 fighters. The US Department of Defence announced the...

US, Moroccan special forces train together

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US and Moroccan special operations forces have completed a Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) event, in Tangier, Morocco - the third JCET program executed...

French prosecutor opens probe after Pegasus spyware complaint

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The Paris prosecutor's office opened a probe on Tuesday into allegations by investigative news website Mediapart and two of its journalists that they had...

Trial of Moroccan journalists raises fears of repression

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New hearings took place on Tuesday in the trials of two dissident journalists in Morocco accused of sexual assault, whose detention rights groups see...

Exercise African Lion 21 wraps up in Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal

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African Lion, US Africa Command’s premier joint annual exercise, successfully wrapped up its 17th iteration in Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal, on 18 June. Military...

Ex African Lion 2021 largest and most complex held to date

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The 17 edition of the African Lion exercise held in North Africa has been the largest and most complex to date, with 8 000...

Moroccan, US fighters and refuellers showcase combined capabilities

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Two US Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, conducted an Agile Combat Employment (ACE) event...

US Air Force C-130Js arrive in Morocco for Exercise African Lion

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Three US Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, have arrived in Kenitra, Morocco, for exercise...

Spain mulls ending deal on Morocco border with enclaves

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Spain is looking into ending a deal that allows visa-free crossing from Moroccan towns into Spain's North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, a...

African Lion 21 exercise begins with 7 800 troops in Morocco,...

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African Lion, US Africa Command’s premier joint annual exercise, kicked off in Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal for its 17th iteration on 7 June. With more...