Turkey has completed the training of Moroccan drone personnel on the Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle.
About 130 Moroccan technicians arrived in Turkey early in April to begin tutelage on operations, logistics and technical support for their new Bayraktar TB2 drones.
Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces (FAR) signed a $70 million contract with Turkey in April this year for the supply of 13 Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV).
This will help Morocco strengthen its air power its in counter insurgency efforts, and to monitor rebels in the Western Sahara region.
The first Bayraktar TB2 drone is expected to arrive later this year, alongside four ground stations, a configurable simulation system, and a digital system for tracking and storing information, and a drone operations center.
The Bayraktar TB2 is a combat-proven medium altitude and long endurance drone, which have been successfully deployed in Libya, Syria, and Azerbaijan.
Part of Morocco’s modernization effort saw the north African country receive in 2020 three Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicles as part of a $48 million arms deal.
To reach regional supremacy, Rabat earmarked a MAD 178.87 billion ($20 billion) for a five-year plan to modernize it’s armed forces.