Morocco plans to continue modernizing its military equipment, mainly in response to provocative maneuvers from Algeria.
Rabat – Morocco is allegedly planning to purchase its first submarine ship. If purchased, the submarine will be based at the Ksar Sghir navy base in Northern Morocco.
The Spanish news outlet El Confidencial Digital has reported that Morocco intends “to buy at least one submarine for the Ksar Sghir base.”
The purchase of the submarine is “an old aspiration of the Royal Navy” that remained unachievable to date despite successive attempts, according to the newspaper.
Moroccan Navy officials have intensified the search for submarine ships especially after Algeria acquired two new Type 636M ‘Kilo’ class Russian submarines– the upgraded ‘Kilo’ class– adding them to their already four operational submarines.
The news outlet did not reveal the provenance of the alleged submarine.
Reports have emerged that Morocco has already signed agreements to acquire submarines from Russia, the US, and Germany, but none of them have been disclosed.
The Royal Moroccan Navy is also said to have approached Greece to purchase a second-hand submarine intended for training Moroccan Navy agents to get them used to modern submarines.
The outlet acknowledged Morocco’s leap in terms of modernizing its military equipment by acquiring last model of F-16 fighters, Abrahams battle tanks, Predator drones, or even Mohammed VI-A satellite.