A document downgraded by the Pentagon confirms Morocco’s ambitions to provide the Royal Armed Forces with Patriot missiles. The confidential text dating back to December 2019, includes the kingdom in the list of “potential partners” interested in acquiring this air defense system, alongside Switzerland and Norway.
In January 2021, international media claimed that Morocco had ordered Patriots. However, no official announcement followed. As a reminder, the contract concluded on December 11, 2020 under the Trump administration for the sale to Morocco of four SeaGuardian MQ-9B type aerial drones, manufactured by the company General Atomic, for a value of $ 1 billion, is still awaiting fire. green of US deputies.
The reinforcement of the capacities of the FAR with these surface-to-air missiles aims at maintaining the balance with the neighbor to the East. A few weeks after the severance of relations with Rabat, Algiers received the first samples of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems S-400 Triumph, Russian media reported last September.