A deal worth more than $500 million will be signed between Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and the Moroccan army to provide the Barak MX air and missile defense system.
As a flexible and modular missile defense system, the Barak MX system can protect against a wide range of missile threats and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). There are three types of interceptors in the Barak family: Barak-MRAD, which intercepts missiles up to ranges of 35 kilometers; Barak-LRAD, which can intercepts missiles up to the range of 70 kilometers; and Barak-ER, which can intercepts missiles up to the range of 150 kilometers.
This system is supported by the radar and various other launchers for the best coverage of combat aircraft, UAVs, helicopters, cruise Missiles, ground-to-ground missiles, and ground-to-air missiles.
Last November, when the Minister of Defense Benny Gantz, visited the COuntry, Morocco initially enquired about Israel providing these and other systems. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two nations about the defense collaboration. Other such deals were also signed during Gantz’s visit in November.
As per the defense source, both the nation spoke regarding the needs and several alternatives of which the Barak system was chosen. According to them, the main reasons for this are its flexibility and capabilities in various areas.