Morocco to develop kamikaze drone industry for Israel

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The rapprochement between Morocco and Israel It is a hurried race to close cooperation agreements in multiple sectors since they resumed diplomatic relations last December. Regarding military cooperation, Israel entrusts Morocco with the development of an industry of drones kamikaze.

In July, Israel’s National Cyber ​​Directorate announced that its CEO, Yigal Unna, had signed a cooperation agreement with the Moroccan authorities that would help Israeli companies to sell knowledge and technology, according to the Israeli media.

It was the first cyber defense agreement between the two countries since the resumption of the diplomatic relations between Morocco and Israel.

This Wednesday, the French publication Africa Intelligence, specialized in political, diplomatic and economic information on African countries, revealed that both countries are currently working to develop a project to manufacture kamikaze drones in Morocco.

In this way, the Israelis will be able to produce drones in Morocco in large quantities and at a much lower price, and position in export markets. Although no details are offered on the type and price, beyond that they are “relatively simple devices to build and with devastating consequences.”

The French publication explains that the launch of this sector in Morocco comes after several months of negotiations with the group Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Precisely, BlueBird Aero Systems is the subsidiary of the group specialized in the manufacture of these drones.

While, in Morocco, there is still no official announcement. The Royal Armed Forces (FAR) indicated to the digital close to power Le360 they had no data about it.

However, since the beginning of the year, specialized Israeli sites reported orders placed by Morocco for the acquisition of Israeli drones.

Drones that work like bombs

Kamikaze drones are a new type of weapon, unmanned aerial vehicles that work like bombs, without the need for suicide bombers.

They can travel around 150 kilometers per hour, stay in the air for an hour and contain an explosive warhead that detonates on its own when it collides with its target, which has previously been identified through a reconnaissance camera. The United States leads the kamikaze drone industry, which Israel, Turkey and Iran have already tested on battlefields, and which China has also joined.

They can be used for surveillance operations, although their main objective is attack. And therefore they constitute a new way of waging war. In fact, they have already proven themselves in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Most of the security cooperation between Morocco and Israel takes place in secret, and mainly involves the exchange of intelligence information. Furthermore, in 2013, Rabat acquired three Heron drones which were delivered via France in 2020.

The international media also picked up the arrival of a C-130 plane transport station at Hatzor air base in July, the eve of the international military exercise Blue flag (Blue flag). It was the first time in the history of relations between the two countries that a Moroccan military plane landed on Israeli soil.

Birth of a military industry

This form of cooperation in the field of military industry is possible thanks to the evolution of Moroccan legislation. On June 28, the Council of Ministers adopted the decree implementing a law on defense and security materials and equipment, weapons and ammunition.

The text deals with the birth of a military and defense industry in Morocco and establishes the methods of manufacture, trade, import, export, transport and transit of military materials and equipment.

This union between Morocco and Israel is led by King Mohamed VI himself, who even sent a letter to the president Isaac Herzog, in which he expressed his hope that the renewal of ties between the countries will promote regional peace, according to information released by the Israeli president’s office.

“I am satisfied with the steps taken to renew ties between our countries. I believe that we will maintain this momentum to advance the prospects of peace for all the peoples of the region,” Mohamed VI wrote, according to Herzog’s office.

It is a response to another letter delivered by the Israeli Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, during his trip to Rabat in August, after the opening of the direct air connection to Morocco, between Tel Aviv and Marrakech. However, at the moment, the Alawite monarch has not responded to Herzog’s invitation to visit Israel.

The truth is that Morocco and Israel have not wasted time, and have strengthened bilateral relations throughout 2021 with the exchange of experiences in the fields of tourism, industry, politics and military defense.

In addition, with the departure from the government of the Islamists of the Justice and Development Party (PJD), Rabat has easier to continue with its cooperation plans with Israel, which in principle was opposed by the formation, which had been in power for a decade.

Morocco celebrates the Abrahamic Accords

The United States led the resumption of relations between Israel and Morocco. And now he invites Morocco to celebrate the first anniversary of the signing of the Abrahamic Accords.

The secretary of state Tony blinking will hold a virtual meeting this Friday with their counterparts from Israel, the Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco to commemorate the first anniversary of the Abrahamic agreements, which included the normalization of relations between Israel and the two Gulf states, and later the agreement with Morocco.

They were signed in September 2020 at the White House by the expresidente Donald Trump, the then Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Foreign Ministers of the Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

At the end of the year, after the US elections, Morocco renewed diplomatic relations with Israel in exchange for the United States recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara.

“We strongly support these agreements and look forward to advancing other opportunities to expand cooperation,” he said. Ned Price, spokesman for the State Department, in a video message posted on Twitter and picked up by the Moroccan news agency MAP.

The Biden administration did not commit until recent days, when it suggested holding the virtual meeting, according to the US information website Axios. Pressure from Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain for some kind of commemoration has paid off.

Thus this celebration is interpreted as the implicit support of the Biden administration for the agreements, which were the historic achievement of his predecessor, Donald Trump, in foreign policy.

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