According to Global Defense Corp., Morocco has signed a deal to acquire the Koral-EW (Koral electronic warfare system) from the Turkish arms manufacturer Aselsan for $50.7 million.
The agreement includes the Moroccan army acquiring this system, which includes modern military communication systems, radars, electronic weapons, control and command devices, as well as the navigation system and other weapons, in the years 2023 and 2024.
This electronic military system can be transported on military trucks and is used to jam enemy radars, locate and disrupt them, as well as carry out electronic military attacks, with the ability to reach targets within 200 kilometers.
This new deal comes only a few months after Morocco signed other arms deals with Turkish arms manufacturers, as part of efforts to diversify the Kingdom of Morocco’s armament sources beyond the United States of America, which is the largest and most important supplier of arms to Morocco.
It should be noted that Morocco has agreed to buy 13 Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones with all of their equipment for up to $65 million.
Morocco has also acquired the Ejder Yalcin armored vehicles from Turkey, and many of them have already entered service as part of the reinforcement of the special forces.
These arms deals take place in an international context fraught with tensions in the area of the Kingdom of Morocco, where the Moroccan army has clashed with the separatist Polisario Front in the Sahara regions in recent months, in addition to existing tensions with Algeria due to the latter’s support for the aforementioned front.
Morocco is also embroiled in a diplomatic crisis with Spain as a result of the latter’s reception of the Polisario leader, which resulted in Morocco severing its relationship with Sanchez’s government and reducing cooperation in many areas, and the relationship will not be restored until the time comes.