Donald Trump gives the starting gun to what was agreed between state United (USA) and Morocco on October 2 in defense matters, and notifies Congress of the sale of military equipment worth one billion dollars.
Treaty announced by the then Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. “Morocco remains a crucial partner for the US on a wide range of security issues,” he said in Rabat.
Now the agreement is fulfilled. Last shipment at Moroccan Royal Armed Forces includes electronic surveillance aircraft Gulstream G550, drones MQ-9B, ME-104 Patriotmissiles Hellfire, bombs guided by To be Paveway and kits of JDAM ammunition.
In fact, on September 12 the first test of one of the four G550 aircraft destined for Morocco at the airport Savannah in the US.
The family real alawi you already have a jet private Gulfstream for VIP transportation, the model G650. It was a gift to the heir Moulay Hassan in 2018 at a cost of 57 million euros. It is capable of reaching 1,100 kilometers per hour and to fly 13,000 kilometers nonstop with 12 people on board, and has a system antimissile Israeli. The four pending receipt will now embark intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems also of Israeli origin.
This material that Morocco receives is well known for participating in international conflicts for participating in conflicts international. The long-range surface-to-air missile system ME-104 Patriot it became popular after the Gulf War, where it was used massively. Each battery of the PAC 3 model is made up of six launch vehicles capable of carrying 16 missiles each.
The Spanish Army also has 18 Patriots in three batteries. The first were acquired as a military commitment at the NATO summit in 2002, and in 2014 bought the latter from Germany for a little over 40 million euros.
In addition, Morocco will also receive four drones MQ-9, the largest unmanned aircraft in the world with a power that can overcome 15 times more cargo than previous models and with a cruising speed three times higher.
As EL ESPAÑOL has learned, at least two of the four drones will go to the military base that is being built at the international airport Mount Arruit (Nador), 40 kilometers from Melilla. There, precisely in a hangar, the F-16s that Morocco acquired in the US are parked, which have replaced the previous F-5s, which will travel to the south of the country.
These drones were created by the American company General Atomics for the use of the American, British, Italian and Spanish air forces. And now they will strengthen Morocco’s role as a regional force in the Mediterranean and North Africa.
Missiles and bombs
The shipment of weapons from the US Department of Defense to Morocco also includes precision guided munition launched from the air: missiles Hellfire, y kits Paveway and JDAM.
These guided weapons are intended to destroy a single target and minimize collateral damage. They usually use the GPS, laser guidance or navigation systems to improve the accuracy of a weapon to less than 3 meters.
Thus the US equips the MQ-9 drones with Hellfire missiles, which were formerly used in the AH-64 Apache, using laser guide to aim at tanks, bunkers and structures. But for two decades they have joined the MQ drones and provided them with an attack capacity. They have become the ammunition of choice for operations in the Middle East.
While the Paveways are guide kits that stick to bombs no guided. They include a seeker at the tip of the bomb that finds a laser to mark a target and a tail kit to direct the bomb. They were developed during the Vietnam War to allow tactical aircraft to deliver accurate ammunition.
For its part, the JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition), direct joint attack ammunition, replaces all free-fall bombs because it has a GPS adapted to its mechanism. It was first used in Kosovo and is used by all fixed wing attack aircraft.
American military base
In addition to arming Morocco, and installing troops in the military bases of Go and Nador, negotiations are underway to transfer command of a US military base from Europe to Sahara Occidental.
Morocco had offered the US the naval base of Alcazarguir so that the ships of the American army would call before entering and leaving the Mediterranean, in addition to controlling He Narrow due to its strategic location, near the port Tangier With and 15 kilometers from Rate.
Then the Pentagon rejected it for not having draft for the maneuvers of large ships and aircraft carriers. However, “in the last eight years they have developed the base and it is already equipped to accommodate submarines. In addition, it will be expanded to four times its size ”, a Moroccan military source told EL ESPAÑOL.
The Americans visited it at the beginning of its construction and also equipped it with the first radar that detects all kinds of maritime targets from the air, in such a way that it controls the ships that sail through He Narrow.
Currently, both military and diplomats already announce advanced negotiations between Washington and Rabat for the opening of a major branch of the US Central Command in the Sahara Occidental and a military base under the US Army in Europe and Africa.
In fact, on November 13, coinciding with the military intervention of the Royal Moroccan Army in Guerguerat to dissolve the group of Sahrawi activists who were preventing trafficking from Mauritania, the military leaders of the Royal Armed Forces and their American counterparts met in Agadir.
Likewise, a Zionist entity has promised to help Morocco, militarily and in intelligence, to confront the Polisario Front.
That trio Washington-Rabat-Tel Aviv implies the endowment of F35, which goes through the approval of Israel, and the KC135Tanker aircraft to support these attack fighters, the most modern in the world that are capable of avoiding radars.