The US is Morocco’s largest military supplier with deals worth $10.3 billion in 2019.
Rabat – Major US defense contractor Raytheon has signed off on a $768,283,907 non-competitive fixed-price incentive (firm) contract for the production of AMRAAM missiles and other equipment as part of an unclassified foreign military sales contract.
Morocco is one of the countries that will receive a batch of AMRAAM missiles. Qatar, Romania, Denmark, Japan, Kuwait, and South Korea are also among the recipients.
The list of countries also includes other US major customers such as Saudi Arabia.
The company produces military equipment including captive air training missiles, guidance sections, the AMRAAM telemetry system, and spare parts in Arizona.
A statement from the US defense department said on December 27 that Raytheon expects the project to complete in February, 2023.
The new military equipment comes as part of a series of military deals concluded between the US and Morocco. The military deals seek to develop Morocco royal armed forces and to enhance its military packages.
Throughout the years, Morocco has received several batches of arms and tanks from the US. The US is Morocco’s largest supplier.
Morocco’s arms deal with the US this year includes the sale of $3.8 billion worth of 25 F-16 aircraft and associated equipment in March. The US also upgraded Morocco’s existing fleet of F-16 fighter jets for a cost of $985 million.
On November 20, 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.
Recent data from the Forum on the Arms Trade from the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program shows that Morocco has outranked Saudi Arabia in US Armas acquisition in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Morocco’s arms acquisition deals with the US totaled $10.3 billion in 2019.