3.2.2020

Morocco Buys Israeli Heron Drones Decommissioned From French Service

Morocco Buys Israeli Heron Drones Decommissioned From French Service – link

Source: Defense World

Article Headlines

  • Morocco’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has taken delivery of three Heron long endurance UAVs made by Israeli Aerospace Industries which were decommissioned from service with the French Military
  • French firm Dassault is said to be mediated the deal between Morocco and IAI
  • The three drones arrived in Morocco on January 26 for a deal reported to be worth $48 million
  • There was no confirmation of the deal by the Moroccan authorities
  • Sources told Defenseworld.net that a package of 3 Herons plus ground stations, spares and support would be worth in excess of 150 million if bought new. It is not known how old the Drones are and how much service life they have left

Overview & Comments

  • IAI Recently revealed its new Heron MK II – See “New IAI Heron Version Unveiled”
  • In November 2019 the US State Department approved a potential Foreign Military Sale to Morocco worth an estimated $4.25 billion for 36 Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and related equipment, including manned-unmanned teaming kits
  • This might signal a potential sale of new American systems in the future thus the possibility of second-hand systems at this stage

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