The anti-drone system purchase is part of Morocco’s plan to modernize its military.
Rabat – The Royal Moroccan Armed Forces (FAR) have acquired a counter-drone system named Bukovel-AD, designed by the Ukranian company Proximus.
Bukovel-AD is known to be one of the most modern systems in the fight against drones, according to FAR-Maroc which announced the purchase on Wednesday, September 3.
The highly-effective system is known worldwide for its ability to early detect unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), known as drones. The system also blocks data and GPS/GLONASS control channels.
The anti-drone system has a capacity of detection of up to 10-15 kilometers.
“Bukovel AD effective range reaches 10-15 kilometers which makes it ideal for military or civil infrastructure facilities protection in combat environment,” according to Proximus website.
In June 2019, the inspectorate of the Liaison Offices of the General Staff of t
he FAR headed by Lieutenant General Abdelfattah Louarak, imported the Bukovel-AD for a value of $50,000, according to LiveJournal.
The new acquisition is part of Morocco’s plan to modernize its military equipment.
Morocco established a five-year plan in 2017 to reach “regional supremacy” through modernizing the military equipment of its army, airforce, and navy.
So far, Morocco has devoted USD 20 billion to the strategic objective. Morocco’s annual defense budget is USD 3.5 billion currently and will reach USD 4 billion in 2022.
Morocco’s primary arms suppliers include the US with a 53% share, followed by France with 44%, and Italy with 1.4%.