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Royal Moroccan Armed Forces interested in the Boeing AH-64 Apache Helicopter
A new report published by The North African Post – a Pan-African media outlet reveals that the country is currently in negotiations with Boeing for the purchase of undisclosed number of AH-64 Apache helicopters for its Armed Forces.
This new report is coming few weeks after the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces allegedly indicated interest in purchasing the Turkish-made TAI T-129 ATAK helicopter, a derivation of the Agusta A129 Mangusta attack helicopter.
The North African Post believes that the deal might have been signed in Washington during a visit by the Moroccan Military Chief of Staff Abdelfattah Lourak last April.
In August 2002, The Spanish newspaper Laraithon reported that Saudi Arabia intended to supply Morocco with two squadrons of Apache gunships in light of its crisis with Spain over a disputed Mediterranean isle, which the country vehemently denied.
The Boeing AH-64 Apache Helicopter
The AH-64 Apache is one of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter and is used by the U.S. Army and a growing number of international defense forces.
It is designed to endure front-line environments and to operate during the day or night and in adverse weather via its modern avionics and on-board sensor suites like the Target Acquisition and Designation System, Pilot Night Vision System (TADS/PNVS), passive infrared countermeasures, GPS, and the IHADSS.
Apart from the US Army, it is currently in use by more than 2,200 international customers which includes Egypt, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.