Globes reported that Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will provide the Moroccan army with the Barak MX air and missile defense system in a deal worth more than $500 million. Morocco initially made enquiries about Israel providing these and other systems when Minister of Defense Benny Gantz visited the country last November. During the visit Gantz signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) about defense collaboration between the two countries including such deals. Morocco has already purchased Heron UAVs from IAI and other UAVs from IAI unit Bluebird.
Morocco spoke with Israel about its needs and Israel proposed several alternatives, of which the Barak system was chosen because of its flexibility and capabilities in various areas. IAI CEO Boaz Levy visited Morocco secretly and presented the missile defense systems capabilities and closed the details of the deal. IAI’s new appointed chairman Amir Peretz has also been deeply involved in the deal. Morocco is involved in a diplomatic and military confrontation with Algeria as well as with various militant Islamic and separatist terrorist organizations operating in the region.
Based on the Air & Missile Defense Division acclaimed and field-proven BARAK family, BARAK MX is an advanced Air & Missile Defense System that provides a single integrated solution for multiple simultaneous aerial threats from different sources and different ranges. BARAK MX allows you to tailor your system configuration to face any threat, in any mission and in any battle condition. Connect and utilize any combination of the three BARAK MX components The BARAK Battle Management Center (BMC), which creates and manages a unified multi-sensor aerial picture, coordinates the force operation networks and manages the launch arrays. BARAK BMC is available in naval or land-based configuration. The land-based versions are available in mobile, transportable and stationary platforms.
IAI’s Fully Digital Integrated Phased Array Radars, available in a variety of sizes and configurations. The BARAK Interceptors, all with vertical launch capabilities supporting 360° coverage, quick reactions, short minimal ranges and an active high-end RF seeker for targets with low radar cross-sections and high maneuverability:
BARAK MRAD, with a single pulse rocket motor for a range of 35 km
BARAK LRAD, with a dual pulse rocket motor for a range of 70 km
BARAK ER, with a dual pulse rocket motor and an additional booster for a range of 150 km and enhanced TBM capabilities.