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.
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 Since then, Morocco has withdrawn its planes from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.