After re-establishing relations with Israel, the kingdom intends, as part of its military cooperation with Russia, to acquire Amur 1650.
Russia has important interests in Morocco with which it has established several agreements in the mining, military and construction fields. Morocco, for its part, has been hoping for eight years to acquire a submarine, the only naval military device it does not yet have.
The Russian arms company Rosoboronexport offered to make the Amur 1650 submarine for him, which, it should be noted, is not a nuclear submarine. The Amur 1650 model to be designed for Morocco will be equipped with an AIP (Air-Independent Propulsion) system which allows it to stay longer under water.
According to the Rosoboron datasheet, the Amur 1650 “is designed for the destruction of submarines, surface ships, ships, land objects and for reconnaissance work.” The AIP version has a length of 83.3 meters, a diameter of 7.4 meters, a maximum immersion depth of 400 meters, a speed of 19 knots and a submerged range of 2000 miles at 5 knots.
In addition, it has a battery life of 60 days, 6 launch tubes, a storage capacity for 18 missiles, torpedoes and mines and can accommodate up to 38 crew members.
Morocco plans to install this submarine on its base of operations at Ksar Sghir, which will allow it to monitor, or even control, the Strait of Gibraltar, and beyond, the Atlantic in waters near the Sahara, the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean.