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Israeli Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Company to Open Factory in Morocco


Israeli Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Company to Open Factory in Morocco

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Israeli Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Company to Open Factory in Morocco
Israeli Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Company to Open Factory in Morocco

Morocco is intensifying its focus on bolstering its defense capabilities, with recent reports indicating a potential expansion of its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) fleet through the acquisition of Israeli systems. Following its purchase of 150 WanderB and ThunderB UAVs from BlueBird in September 2022, the North African nation is now eyeing additional Israeli unmanned systems. The Zona Militar website has shed light on the evolving security ties between Morocco and Israel, revealing plans for BlueBird, an Israeli company, to initiate local production of UAVs. Ronen Nadir, CEO of BlueBird, confirmed this development, emphasizing the establishment of a production facility set to commence operations imminently.

This move follows previous agreements between Israel and Morocco, including a landmark $500 million deal inked in February 2023 for the supply of Barak MX missile systems from Israel Aerospace Industries. Prior to this agreement, Morocco had already demonstrated its interest in Israeli defense technology by acquiring SkyLock Dome anti-drone systems in 2022. The prospective acquisition of additional Israeli UAVs underscores Morocco’s commitment to enhancing its aerial surveillance and combat capabilities. Of particular interest are BlueBird’s Spy X loitering munition systems, which offer advanced functionality and versatility in modern warfare scenarios. The collaboration between Morocco and Israel in the realm of unmanned systems signifies a significant milestone in their bilateral relations and underscores the growing importance of UAVs in contemporary military operations.

The WanderB stands out for its ability to operate anywhere without a runway and can take off and land vertically. It is characterized by its low noise level as it uses electric motors. The drone can operate for up to two and a half hours at distances of up to 50 kilometers with a maximum take-off weight of 13 kilos, of which five correspond to the batteries and one and a half to the payload, which can be day or night cameras. It has a wingspan of three meters and a length of almost being able to reach altitudes of up to 1,000 meters and operate even in winds of 32 to 65 knots. The ThunderB is a more complete drone, with an autonomy of more than 12 hours, a range of up to 150 kilometers and a tracking antenna. It has a maximum take-off weight of 35 kilos and can operate in adverse weather conditions.

BlueBird Aero Systems specializes in the design, development and production of Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and peripheral equipment. The company deliver unique, combat proven solutions. Unique technological and operational solutions, to meet the critical need for real-time intelligence. These advanced solutions are based on years of experience in the fields of aerodynamics, design, avionics, composite materials, communications, production and UAS operations. BlueBird’s mission is providing its customers a cost-effective, end-to-end solution, based on cutting-edge, innovative and creative design. BlueBird is a market leader.

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