Rabat – The Royal Gendarmerie will receive today, November 21, five EC145 helicopters that the Swiss Air Guard operated for rescue.
The helicopters arrived in Spain yesterday Wednesday, November 20, before landing in Rabat today, reported Far-Maroc, a website that specializes in military activities.
With this acquisition, the Royal Gendarmerie will strengthen its intervention capabilities in remote areas for search and rescue operations.
The Royal Gendarmerie is also planning to take delivery of three newly-built search and rescue helicopters in the coming weeks.
The Swiss Air Guard had been operating with the helicopters for 15 years. The Swiss Air Guard adequately maintained the helicopters.
The Royal Gendarmerie emphasized that the helicopters are still in good condition to operate for a further 25 years.
A picture of the helicopters shows the insignia of the Royal Gendarmerie painted on the helicopter’s tail.
On Wednesday, the US State Department approved the sale of 36 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and related equipment to Morocco for an estimated cost of $4.25 billion.
The fleet of Apache helicopters is of the latest generation, endowed with sophisticated attack and defense systems.