A US refueling aircraft escorted the jets from the US to the sixth Ben Guerir air base.
Rabat – The Moroccan Royal Armed Forces recovered F-16 fighter planes a few days ago after several months at Edward’s Air Force Base in California, where the aircraft received upgrades.
According to the Spanish Ministry of Defense, a US air force KC-135R refueling airplane escorted the two fighter jets from the US to the sixth Ben Guerir air base north of Marrakech.
The American Harris Corporation company had won a $91 million contract to equip the Moroccan F-16s with an advanced defensive electronic warfare suite. The system has the ability to detect radar waves and protect aircraft from ground and air missile attacks.
The Moroccan Block-52 F-16 fleet is also undergoing maintenance at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corporation, after a $16 million contract was signed in November 2016.
According to Scramble, last year Morocco expressed its interest in acquiring 12 F-16 Viper airplanes, an updated model introduced in 2012. The F-16 Viper is equipped with an advanced mission computer, a field monitoring display, and an active antenna radar.
Morocco has 36 F-16 jets. One was shot down in May 2015 in a Houthi group attack in Yemen. Since then, Morocco has withdrawn its planes from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.