The military agreement serves as a roadmap for defense cooperation and aims to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries and support common security goals, according to a statement from the Moroccan Foreign Ministry. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper signed the 10-year deal during a two-day visit to Morocco, his latest leg of a three-nation North African tour that began this week in Tunisia, where a military agreement was also signed. More recently, Morocco and the United States signed in October a 10-year roadmap for defense cooperation, which aims to guide cooperation for the military modernization efforts of the former. The agreement also aims to improve interoperability. National security is one of Morocco`s top priorities. Ideally located at the intersection of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Morocco exposes it to transnational threats, including illegal immigration and trafficking in human beings and drugs, forcing the country to seek strict control of its borders. With its airports, seaports and border crossings, Morocco remains committed to implementing strong security and customs regulations, both through agreements with the United States and in other countries. As part of its customs and port security agreements with the United States and other countries, Morocco has committed to making greater improvements and maintaining strict security standards at its airports, seaports and border crossings. The Moroccan army is both large and engaged in modernization efforts.
It consists of 235,000 active employees and another 250,000 reservists, divided between the army, which represents 88% of the armed forces, navy and air force. Reuters reported in December that Morocco was about to sign an agreement with the Trump administration to acquire four MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones. The deal was to be followed by the purchase of 12 long-lived mid-range Bayraktar TB2 drones from Turkish company Baykar as part of a $70 million deal. Aram Nerguizian, a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies` Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank, told Defense News that U.S. military sales abroad provide a preliminary open source assessment of the evolution of Moroccan efforts to modernize its forces and increase interoperability with the U.S., NATO and regional forces that operate U.S.-made systems. The United States and Morocco signed a free trade agreement on June 15, 2004. The agreement entered into force on 1 January 2006. The U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement is a comprehensive agreement that supports important economic and political reforms in Morocco and provides better trade opportunities for U.S.
exports to Morocco by removing and removing barriers to trade. The agreement aims to “consolidate common security objectives, in particular improving the level of military readiness,” according to a statement from the General Command of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces. As for Morocco`s stealth capabilities, Ramani said the recent improvement in relations between Israel and Morocco has helped in this area. Morocco signed a normalization agreement with Israel in December, brokered with U.S. support — a move that defense experts say will help Rabat in its quest to bolster unmanned capabilities. Each year, Morocco conducts several military exercises, including African Lion, which took place earlier this year to improve interoperability with U.S. forces and increase operational readiness. Part of that involves training Moroccan pilots on the latest fighter jets in the United States, Shkeir said. “In addition, military experts are traveling to Morocco to train the Moroccan armed forces in U.S. weapons,” the expert added. The FTA Joint Committee held its third meeting in December 2012.
At the meeting, the United States and Morocco announced agreement on three new initiatives: an agreement on trade facilitation, common principles for international investment, and common principles for information and communication technology (ICT) services. U.S. and Moroccan experts discussed issues related to the implementation of the FTA, including technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary issues, and technical assistance to support the implementation of the FTA`s labor and environmental provisions. The two sides also discussed the next steps in the implementation of the 2011 Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Morocco joined the United States in signing ACTA, an agreement that will raise the standard for the enforcement of intellectual property rights internationally. “Unlike other regional armies, there was a logical focus on improving air-to-ground attack and commonalities with ground troops,” he added. “The development and maintenance of credible air-to-air mission packages will remain a major challenge.” Ramani noted that Morocco has expressed interest in Turkish T129 Atak helicopters and has considered buying the Russian S-400 air defense system, as well as Chinese tanks and rocket launchers. The two officials expressed satisfaction with the sustainability, distinction, continuity and dynamism of bilateral cooperation, according to the General Command statement.
“The United States has been the most effective in improving Morocco`s access to stealth weapons, especially U.S. drones [and] precision-guided munitions as well as laser-guided munitions,” he added. The military agreement is expected to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries. Washington is Morocco`s largest arms supplier. Morocco hosts the annual U.S. military exercise “African Lion,” which was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Esper also met with the deputy minister under the prime minister, who is in charge of national defense, Abdeltif Loudiyi. “For the most part, I don`t see that the modernization of the Moroccan air force concerns immediate threats (beyond the general threat of terrorism and the Polisario Front,” Ramani said.
Rather, it is a question of maintaining a regional military balance. Spain and Algeria are concerned about Morocco`s military modernization for this reason. He also visited Algeria, the first U.S. secretary of defense to meet with leaders since 2006. He met with President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and army chief General Saã ̄d Chengriha. There were no known agreements signed there, except the United States. According to reports, the defense minister discussed expanding security cooperation and security issues in the Sahel region in southern Algeria. The United States views Algeria as an important ally in the fight against terrorism. It was not known that agreements had been signed there, but the US Secretary of Defense reportedly discussed expanding security cooperation and security issues in the Sahel region of southern Algeria.
The United States views Algeria as an important ally in the fight against terrorism. Morocco is an important ally of the United States outside of NATO. The multinational exercises also affected Tunisia and Senegal and were linked to the U.S. European Command`s Exercise Defender, which aimed to counter malicious activity in North Africa and Southern Europe and increase interoperability with international partners. Public sector: The National Airport Authority (ONDA) is responsible for all aspects of airport security and procurement related to its projects. But not everyone in the region agrees with Morocco`s modernization efforts. The African nation is strengthening military relations and partnering with defense contractors to modernize its air capabilities. Moroccan officials have highlighted the use of drones in combat as a “key dimension of their military modernization efforts,” according to Samuel Ramani, a defense expert at Oxford University. Morocco is also looking east to diversify its sources of weapons.
The country has signed several agreements with Russia and China on military equipment, including short- and medium-range missiles. In March 2019, the U.S. State Department authorized Morocco to purchase 25 new F-16 fighter jets and receive upgrades to 23 of its older models. In June 2020, Morocco signed a contract with the American company Boeing for 24 AH-64 Apache helicopters. The United States and Morocco on Friday signed an agreement to strengthen military cooperation and preparedness in the North African kingdom over the next decade. A U.S. Air Force mechanic maintains an F-16 fighter jet after landing at an air base in Ben Guerir during African Lion 2021 exercises. (Fadel Senna/AFP via Getty Images) The Free Trade Agreement subcommittees on agricultural trade and sanitary and phytosanitary issues also met in September 2012 and discussed Morocco`s implementation of tariff rate quotas established under the Free Trade Agreement to give U.S.
wheat producers preferential access to the Moroccan market. The United States remains gravely concerned about Morocco`s management of these TRQs. BEIRUT – If you sell drones, precision weapons or stealth technology, the Moroccan Air Force could be your next customer. . The Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone will be on display in December. 16, 2019, at a military airfield in northern Cyprus (Birol Bebek/AFP via Getty Images) (Only the title and image of this report may have been reviewed by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.) Business Standard has always strived to provide up-to-date information and feedback on developments that are of interest to you and that have far-reaching political and economic implications for the country and the world. .