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Morocco buys Israel's anti-drone system to protect its airspace

Israel's Iron Dome aerial defence system is launched to intercept a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip, above the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, on May 17, 2021 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images]
Israel's Iron Dome aerial defence system is launched above the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on May 17, 2021 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images]

Morocco has acquired Israel's Skylock Dome anti-drone air defence system, the Royal Armed Forces announced yesterday in a statement.

The system, first revealed in February at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, can detect and knock out unmanned drones, according to Skylock Systems.

Skylock CEO Itzik Huber said his company offers relatively cheap defence systems that are extremely effective and provide broad protection against the growing threat of attack drones.

According to the Globe, 27 countries including Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and several East Asian countries, have purchased the Skylock Dome system. Currently, about 70 per cent of the company's sales are for military customers.

"This acquisition is part of the strengthening of the FAR's capacities to protect the kingdom's critical and sensitive facilities, whether civilian or military," the statement by Morocco's armed forces read.

"The kingdom is intensifying its purchases of unmanned anti-aircraft systems, or drones, which have become a threat in terms of their inability to be detected or attacked given the difficulty of targeting them by conventional defence systems," it added.

Israeli Defence Minister, Benny Gantz, is scheduled to visit Morocco tomorrow and sign security cooperation agreements with the North African kingdom.

In December last year, in exchange for resuming full diplomatic ties with Israel, the then-US administration of Donald Trump agreed to recognise Morocco's territorial claims and supported its "Autonomy Plan" over the Western Sahara.

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