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Morocco receives Israeli unmanned aerial systems from France

Morocco UAV

Royal Moroccan Air Force RMAF has acquired three Harfang unmanned aerial systems from France. The systems were retired by French Air Force and the delivery was made recently after several years of service in Afghanistan.

Heron-1Harfang which deployed with the ‘Armee de’Lair’ in 2008 was delivered by EADS Now Airbus Defense & Space, under the Eagle l cooperative development with Israel Aerospace Industries [IAI].

The drone was based on the Israeli IAI/Malat Heron-I system.Morocco and France have long established military cooperation, although in recent years Rabat has aligned closer to the US, procuring a range of new military systems, including F-16C/D Block 52 jet fighters along with the latest air to air and air to ground weaponry, M-1A1 Main Battle Tanks and the Predator drones.

Morocco is regarded as an important stronghold in West Africa in the effort to push Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb AQIM from its power bases in the Sahara. To combat irregular forces in the Sahara, Morocco has developed a significant reconnaissance and strike force, in which drones are becoming an important part. The agreement to transfer drones to Morocco is therefore a manifestation to the level of support the country has among major powers.In recent months France has deployed two General Atomics Reaper MQ-9 unmanned aircraft systems which were delivered from systems originally destined for the US Air Force. France required the US drones to support operations in Africa where it claimed the Harfang was not suitable to support those operations but Harfang has been operating in Mali since 18th January 2013 and have logged over 2000 flight hours operating with 1/33 Belfort UAV Squadron from the Niamey airport in Niger, supporting Operation SERVAL.

According to media sources, the transfer of the Harfang to the Royal Moroccan Air Force was sealed in the spring of 2013. The three drones that remained in French service were transferred with their EO payloads, datalinks and satellite communications, part of which was integrated in France by EADS.

In addition to the three Herons, the RMAF also operates four General Atomics Predator XP drones, believed to have been supplied directly from the USA.According to some sources, Morocco could receive additional drones sustaining the operation of the three systems acquired under the tripartite deal.

via Morocco receives Israeli unmanned aerial systems from France – InSerbia News.

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