Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopters and Turkish TAI T-129 ATAK helicopters are in fray for Moroccan helicopter program.
Morocco reportedly is in negotiations with American Boeing for the purchase of Apache AH-64 helicopters for its Armed Forces. The deal might have been sealed during a visit by Morocco’s chief of Staff Abdelfattah Lourak last April in Washington, le360 reported Sunday.
However, in June this year, the Royal Moroccan Royal Armed Forces was in negotiations for the purchase of T-129 ATAK helicopters from Turkey.
Morocco has traditionally preferred US for its helicopter requirement, although the Turkish T-129 ATAK helicopter, which is smaller, lighter and cheaper than its competitors Apache and Russian Mi-28 stand an equal chance.
Morocco is eyeing to strengthen its helicopter fleet which currently consists of reconnaissance and combat helicopters, mainly Gazelle, Bell 205 and Bell 206 and Chinooks.
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a foreign military sales contract to provide for eye safe laser range finders for Morocco's M1A2S tank, the US Department of defense announced Monday. “Northrop Grumman, Apopka, Florida, was awarded a $9,491,066 modification (P00001) to foreign military sales (Morocco) contract W56HZV-18-C-0065 for eye safe laser range finders for Morocco's M1A2S tank,” the release states
US State Department has approved a $108 million worth Sale of missiles, including 1,200 TOW 2A, Radio Frequency (RF), and 14 TOW 2A, Radio Frequency Missiles to Morocco. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Thursday that it has notified Congress of this possible sale on December 7, 2016
Harris Corp has been awarded a $91 million contract for all functions required to support Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite (AIDEWS) requirements for Morocco. This contract provides for the production of the AN/ALQ-211(V)4/8/9 AIDEWS systems, software, and associated support equipment for Electronic Combat International Security Assistance Program customers
Morocco is likely to buy Sukhoi Su-34 tactical bomber and Amur-1650 diesel-electric submarine from Russia. Rabat and Moscow are discussing the feasibility of the Moroccan Navys Amur-1650 submarine acquisition in the format of consultations so far
Turkish Aerospace Industries is expecting its ATAK military helicopter to become attractive to Morocco and other North African countries. TAI is in direct competition with Boeing which is attempting to sell its Apache combat helicopter to the North African country
The Netherlands on Friday signed a letter of offer and acceptance for the upgrade of its fleet of 28 Boeing AH-64D Apache attack helicopters at a cost of $1.19 billion
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