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Morocco Mulls Iron Dome Purchase From Israel To Strengthen Defenses In Western Sahara

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Morocco Mulls Iron Dome Purchase From Israel To Strengthen Defenses In Western Sahara

Illustrative image. Source: the Israeli Ministry of Defense.

Morocco is considering purchasing the Iron Dome air-defense system from Israel in order to strengthen its defenses in the disputed region of Western Sahara, the Le Desk news outlet reported on November 5.

According to the site, Rabat is interested in the system because of its capability to intercept aerial threats like mortar shells, rockets and drones.

The Iron Dome is produced by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. The system has a maximum range of 70 kilometers. The effective of the system, which has been in service with the Israeli military since 2011, was questioned on more than one occasion.

“[The system] would ensure the better defense of the sand wall in the Sahara, but also of civil and military zones of a sensitive nature,” Le Desk’s report reads.

Morocco built the 2,700-kilometers “sand wall” in Western Sahara in the 1980s in order to defend against the Algerian-backed Polisario Front, which has been fighting for the independence of the region since the early 1970s.

Commenting on Le Desk report, Israeli sources told The Jerusalem Post, the sale of the Iron Dome system to Morocco is “unlikely at this time”.

In October, Algeria and Morocco broke diplomatic ties due to new disagreements over the Western Sahara issue and accusations of espionage.

Tensions between the two countries rose earlier this month when an alleged drone strike killed three Algerian truckers in the disputed region. Algiers held Rabat responsible and vowed that the strike will not go unpunished.

Morocco’s interest in Israeli weapons is not a surprise. Last year, the kingdom established ties with Israel under the Abraham Accords along with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan.

In October, Israeli officials revealed that Morocco will co-produce loitering munitions, namely the Harop, with Israel Aerospace Industries. The bold deal will reportedly be signed during an upcoming visit by Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz to Rabat.

Morocco Mulls Iron Dome Purchase From Israel To Strengthen Defenses In Western Sahara

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Another country that Morocco approached to boost its military capabilities was Turkey. The Moroccan Royal Air Force ordered at least 13 Bayraktar TB2 combat drones from Turkey’s Baykar earlier this year. The first batch was delivered in September. One of the drones was recently spotted over Western Sahara.

Morocco Mulls Iron Dome Purchase From Israel To Strengthen Defenses In Western Sahara

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Morocco’s unprecedented military buildup raises some serious questions about the Kingdom’s future plans for the Western Sahara, where the Polisario maintains a fairly large presence with direct support from Algeria.

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Jnoub

Iron dome let 10% of homemade pipe rockets into Israel, it won’t keep up with actual missiles. wasn’t the IAI shot down by Hezbollah and Iran?

Ivanus59

Moroccan royals are like Saudi ones, filthy zionist parasites. Except Saudi parasites have a fuckton of oil to sell and spend as they wish, while the Moroccan ones don’t.
Hopefully they are both eradicated one day, if possible within this decade…

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Chris Gr

Moroccans have abandoned the Saudis now.

Yanuqis, Wahhabis, Zion, your day will come

“Moroccan royals are like Saudi ones, filthy zionist parasites”

Your fuking rtd…or you don’t read.

PutinSucksZioDs

Better than Putins rubbish that dont work. Israel better.

Dicksonrp

Here comes the zio terrorist jew scumm shit eater again…. F3sh shit dropping off the side of her mouth

Turk Destroyer

All Israeli air defense systems are US made jointly with raytheon, lockheed. Not a single one is domestic. Only exception Barak-8 made jointly with india but even that is questionable.

James

Fuck MOROCCO

Dicksonrp

Cmon boys, time to sweep the Moroccan zio shit eaters ruling, into the seas, or hang them high in public, or send them in boxes to Hell Aviv, whichever is cheaper.

Turk Destroyer

1 good thing about Iron Dome is it has 20 missiles per launcher. Because count on a joint US/idf $billion system to fail 80-90% of the time against homemade pipe rockets lol

Turk Destroyer

Pantsir-SM and future full AESA upgrades will be game changers.
Pantsir-S2 is already phenomenal. Way better than kosher dome crap.

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