Morocco in talks to acquire Akinci drones from Turkey

Morocco is in talks with Turkey to acquire Akinci unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The Akinci is a high-tech UAV designed to support fighter jets. It is equipped with satellite communication systems, air-to-air radar systems, electronic support systems, and a special type of radar system to avoid collisions.

The UAV has a wingspan of 20 meters and a length of just over 12 meters. It is also capable of carrying a total payload of 6 tons and 1.5 tons of ammunition.

Akinci also features advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and special systems for signal processing and sensing to detect obstacles and accurately identify targets, which helps to make better decisions.

If the deal is finalized, it would be a significant step in strengthening Morocco’s military capabilities, particularly in the field of air warfare. The Akinci would be the second UAV that Morocco would acquire from Turkey, after the Bayraktar TB2, which was integrated into the Moroccan Air Force in 2021.

The acquisition of the Akinci would also be a sign of the growing military cooperation between Morocco and Turkey. The two countries have already worked together on a number of projects, including the sale of Bayraktar TB2 UAVs to Morocco.

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