Rabat - Morocco is the sixth buyer of French weapons in the world during the period 2014-2015, says a new report by the French Defense Ministry.
Rabat – Morocco is the sixth buyer of French weapons in the world during the period 2014-2015, says a new report by the French Defense Ministry.
According to the report, Morocco spent an estimated 1.3 billion EUR to acquire French manufactured weaponry, making the kingdom the first buyer of French arms in Africa and the sixth in the world preceded by oil-rich Saudi Arabia, India, Brazil, UAE and the United States.
Among Morocco’s arms purchases, the kingdom bought 960,000 euros worth of anti-tank missiles and spent 12 million euros on acquiring helicopters and their components. During the same period, Morocco also received spare parts for military vehicles and warships, military telecommunication equipment, tactical equipment and riot gear, 71 automatic rifles and 234 guns.
According to the same report, France sold 8.2 billion euros of weapons in 2014, an 18 per cent increase. The figures put France in fourth place in terms of global arms exports, behind the United States, Russia and China.
France’s main markets over the period 2010 to 2014 were the Middle East (38 per cent), Asia (30 per cent), Europe (13 per cent), the Americas (11 per cent) and Africa (4 per cent).
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