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Morocco Considering Purchase of Israel Barak 8 Missiles: Report

The Moroccan government is reportedly considering purchasing the Barak 8 missile system from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to improve its air defense.

According to a report by news outlet Israel Defense, negotiations for the Barak 8 missiles began when Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz visited the African nation to sign a security agreement.

IAI marketing director Sharon Bitton reportedly led the negotiations for the missile system, basing the company’s proposal on the Moroccan defense budget for 2022, which allocates $12.8 billion to purchase and repair high-powered military equipment.

In addition to the Barak 8 missiles, Morocco is also acquiring Israeli-made drones valued at around $22 million.

The Barak 8 Missile System

The Barak 8 is a medium-range surface-to-air missile system capable of neutralizing aerial threats, including enemy combat jets, missiles, helicopters, and drones at up to 70 kilometers (43 miles).

Powered by a locally-developed rocket engine, the weapon system can hit multiple targets simultaneously, even in adverse weather conditions. It is also equipped with a control system for improved maneuverability.

With a maximum speed of Mach 2, the Barak 8 carries a 60-kilogram (132-pound) warhead that detonates close to its target.

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