BEIRUT — The Moroccan navy has bought the Israeli counter-drone system Skylock Dome, based on a Nov. 21 put up on the armed forces’ official Fb web page.
“Some programs have been delivered already, however there is no such thing as a details about the worth of the deal or the variety of programs which have been acquired,” Moroccan navy professional Abdel Hamid Harfi informed Protection Information. “The contract doesn’t embrace expertise switch for native manufacturing in Morocco.”
He added that these programs disrupt the connection between the flying risk and its path, taking the goal out of service.
“The system is provided with optical and thermal monitoring units and a radar that displays and tracks any suspicious actions. Additionally, the jamming units play their position in neutralizing its hazard,” Harfi stated.
The Skylock Dome is developed by Skylock Techniques, a subsidiary of Avnon. Emirati agency Worldwide Golden Group displayed the expertise in February throughout the Worldwide Defence Exhibition and Convention. Emirati firm officers stated on the time that the system would endure testing after the IDEX concludes so the United Arab Emirates’ safety companies, land forces and border safety might take into account procurement.
On the Fb put up, the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces stated it has intensified its counter-drone acquisitions towards enhancing recognition and neutralization of UAV threats. The put up additionally stated the navy bought 4 different counter-drone programs, nevertheless it’s unclear what they have been.
Harfi stated the programs might assist defend important and delicate installations from drones, equivalent to essential financial, navy and authorities installations. “These programs will not be very efficient in opposition to navy drones which might be geared up with digital anti-jamming programs, however they’re very efficient in opposition to drones used to take photos inside delicate locations,” he added.
“For instance, because the return of the armed Polisario in opposition to the dominion, makes an attempt to make use of business drones for reconnaissance in opposition to the dominion’s forces stationed behind the safety belt within the Moroccan Sahara have been noticed. The armed forces have been in a position to carry them down utterly, however having a specialised counter-drone system would take away a giant burden,” he defined.
The Polisario Entrance is a political-military group that goals to finish Moroccan management of the previous Spanish territory of Western Sahara, in northwestern Africa, and achieve independence for that area.
Israeli Protection Minister Benny Gantz additionally visited Morocco on Nov. 24, the place he signed a memorandum of understanding along with his counterpart within the African nation, formalizing protection ties between the 2 international locations that would see improved protection cooperation and intelligence sharing. The go to comes shortly after the Abraham Accords’ one-year anniversary. The diplomatic settlement noticed the normalization of relations between some Arab international locations and Israel.
The go to can also be anticipated to incorporate the signing of a deal that will see the 2 international locations co-produce kamikaze drones, Protection Information beforehand reported.
“Morocco has been utilizing Israeli drones for years for reconnaissance, digital warfare and artillery concentrating on. In the present day, with normalizing relations between the 2 international locations, the dominion aspires to profit from the Israeli expertise as a way to exploit the economic infrastructure for civil aviation that Morocco has geared up, and to broaden it to incorporate the navy facet,” Harfi stated.
“Israel aspires to be one of the crucial vital financial companions of the dominion and is able to take a number of steps to realize this aim.”
Agnes Helou is a Center East correspondent for Protection Information. Her pursuits embrace missile protection, cybersecurity, the interoperability of weapons programs and strategic points within the Center East and Gulf area.