08/05/2021

Morocco to Buy Electro-Optical Sensors Directly from Canada for its Turkish UAV

Morocco to Buy Electro-Optical Sensors Directly from Canada for its Turkish Drone – link

Source: Defense World

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  • On April 18, Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces (Far-Maroc)said it signed a contract to buy 13 Bayraktar TB2 combat drones for 626 million Moroccan dirhams ($70 million).
  • Bayraktar TB2s come fitted with WESCAM cameras, electro-optic systems, imaging and targeting systems manufactured by L3Harris Wescam, the Canada-based unit of L3Harris Technologies Inc.
  • Canada suspended export of drone technology to Turkeyin early April after it found that some of the Canadian-made systems had been used by the Azerbaijani side in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as well as in Syria.
  • As per a C4Defencereport, Morocco is now planning to source the Canadian products directly, forgoing embargo imposed on Turkey.
  • Ottawa had first suspended export licenses in 2019 during Turkish military incursion into northeastern Syria. Restrictions were then eased but re-imposed during the Nagorno-Karabakh war in October 2020.
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