Morocco wants to buy Chinese drones and missiles

Morocco wants to buy Chinese drones and missiles

30 November 2022 – 6:00 PM – Morocco

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To further equip the army, Morocco has begun negotiations with the China Aerospace and Technology Weapons Corporation (CASIC) to purchase missiles and bombs.

The Royal Armed Forces are interested in Chinese-made precision-guided missiles and bombs tactical report. Apparently, Rabat is also negotiating the purchase of Wing Loong 1 and Wing Loong 2 drones. Morocco acquired the Chinese FD-2000B long-range air defense system and the Israeli Iron Dome system last year.

Also read: Morocco receives new Chinese Wing Loong 2 drones

Morocco has been engaged in a dynamic modernization of its military for several years. The country has many modern defense systems from the United States, France, Turkey and Israel and has become a major military power in the region. This is happening against a backdrop of tensions with Algeria, with which it is engaged in an arms race.

The military budgets of both countries are constantly increased. Rabat has allocated $11 billion for military spending this year, up from $5.1 billion in 2021. Algeria, for its part, plans to spend $23 billion on the army in 2023. This is double the military budget for this year. In order not to depend on Russia, the neighboring country wants to negotiate arms purchases with China, Turkey and Iran.

Also read: Morocco unveils an Israeli WanderB drone

A ranking issued by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) shows that Morocco was among the 40 largest importers of military equipment in the world at the end of June 2021. According to SIPRI, the kingdom imports 90% of its weapons from the United States, 9.2% from France and 0.3% % of the United Kingdom.

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