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Morocco Becomes North Africa’s First Drone Manufacturer

The reveal of the suicide drone symbolises Morocco's admission into the elite group of countries that manufacture drones, ushering in a new era of tactical and reconnaissance capabilities.

Morocco Becomes North Africa's First Drone Manufacturer
Image of a Suicide Drone [PHOTO CREDIT: Hespress]

Morocco has become North Africa’s first drone manufacturer, a move that both indicates significant technological progress and provokes geopolitical concern. The country is pleased to have added an amazing suicide drone to its military inventory.

This historic feat places Morocco as a regional leader in drone manufacture, notwithstanding the controversy surrounding Morocco’s connection with Israel. The reveal of the suicide drone symbolises Morocco’s admission into the elite group of countries that manufacture drones, ushering in a new era of tactical and reconnaissance capabilities.

BlueBird, a division of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) known for its drone design and production capabilities, arranged the SpyX suicide drone’s first field test, which took place recently in Morocco. BlueBird’s website features footage of the successful completion of the pilot flight, which marks a watershed moment for the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces (FAR).

With a range of 50 kilometres and the ability to operate for up to 90 minutes, the drone is ideal for surveillance and offensive missions, exemplifying cutting-edge military technology.

According to reports, Morocco acquired the drones before comprehensive testing, with sightings as early as June 2023. Morocco’s rapid adoption of this modern weaponry establishes it as the leading adopter of BlueBird’s latest innovation.

Morocco’s strategic alliance with Israel in the defence sector has raised eyebrows, particularly in light of Israel’s tumultuous relations in the region, notably its conflict with Gaza. Despite Morocco’s condemnation of Israeli actions, evidenced by recent humanitarian aid dispatched to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the procurement of weaponry from Israel persists.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Morocco receives a substantial portion of its arms supply from Israel, accounting for 11% of Israeli weapon exports. This intricate web of military collaboration presents a conundrum for Morocco, navigating between bolstering its defence capabilities and balancing regional sensitivities.

While calls for diplomatic sanctions against Israel resonate among Moroccan protestors, the government has yet to heed these demands, opting for a nuanced approach to international relations amidst growing domestic dissent.

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