RABAT, 17 February 2021 – Morocco has reportedly ordered drones from Israel’s BlueBird Aero Systems, according to a posting on an Israeli defense website.
The deal is the first of its kind from the firm, a designer and developer of Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) equipment which has previously supplied Morocco’s military.
The website, Israel Defense, said Morocco’s order is the extension of a September 2020 deal between the IAI and BlueBird Aero Systems.
Israel Defense said the deal had not yet been sealed.
“Israeli defense companies, including IAI have in the past sold various types of armaments to the Moroccan army,” Israel Defense wrote.
Israel and Morocco established ties last December 10, after the United States government under former president, Donald J. Trump, said he recognized Morocco’s sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara.
Morocco and Israel officialized the deal last December 22 through a tripartite joint declaration with the United States.
The deal is unlikely to be upheld by the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden.