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Morocco to receive its first Gulfstream G550 spy plane

Two years after the signing of a contract with the American company Raytheon for the acquisition of 4 Gulfstream G-550s, the Royal Armed Forces are preparing to receive, at the beginning of 2021, the first spy plane equipped with ISR technologies, capable of jamming the enemy air defenses.

The agreement, concluded May 18, 2009, and estimated at $ 142 million, provided for the delivery of 4 business jets with a range of 12,000 kilometers. According to a press release from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the devices are manufactured in the United States and equipped with Israeli technologies. The subcontracting has also been entrusted to the Israeli group Elta Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, giant of Hebrew state aerospace technology.

In a publication published in 2018, the signing in 2016 of an agreement between the United States and Saudi Arabia for the acquisition of 4 Gulfstream G-550 aircraft for the benefit of the FAR. The bill would have been settled by Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.

During the same period, the Algerian Chief of Staff, Mohamed Gaid Salah, negotiated for $ 1 billion the purchase of 3 devices of the same type, incorporating the best technologies in the catalog of the American manufacturer. However, the contract did not come to an end and Algiers had settled for Italian devices equipped with ISR technology, but with much less range.

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