Morocco buys an intelligence satellite from Israel

Western media outlets have reported that Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will supply Morocco with an intelligence satellite as part of a deal worth approximately $1 billion.

According to a report by French newspaper La Tribune, Israel and Morocco reached the agreement in late 2023, and it was signed in recent days. The IAI satellite is expected to be delivered in about five years, replacing Morocco’s current Airbus satellites, Mohammed VI-A and Mohammed VI-B.

The Globes newspaper noted that the announcement coincided with a visit by IAI President Amir Peretz to Morocco via a European country. The company declined to provide any details, telling the newspaper: “We do not comment on the travels of the company’s president.”

This move is aimed at enhancing Morocco’s military capabilities in air, land, and sea defense.

It is worth noting that Morocco normalized its relations with Israel in recent years, after many years of the two countries managing their relations secretly.

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