Morocco will buy 36 AH-64 E Apache combat helicopters (24 new, 12 optional) and related equipment, the US State Department for Security (DSCA) said on Wednesday. This military equipment will cost $ 4.25 billion. The US Agency for Defense and Security Cooperation has indeed issued the required certification by advising the Congress of this possible sale.
According to the DSCA, “this proposed sale will support US foreign policy and national security by helping to enhance the security of a major non-NATO ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in North Africa.” While it will not change the military balance in the region, the acquisition of these aircraft will enable Morocco to face current and future threats and enhance interoperability with US forces and other allied forces.
“Morocco will use this enhanced capability to strengthen the defense of its country and provide close air support to its forces. Morocco will have no difficulty in integrating Apache aircraft into its armed forces,” said the DSCA.