The Royal Moroccan Air Force is evaluating the purchase of additional Israel Aerospace Industries Heron 1/Harfang unmanned air systems via France.
A version of the medium-altitude, long-endurance Heron adapted for the French air force, the Harfang is used to perform strategic reconnaissance and tracking missions. Also previously referred to by France as the SIDM, it was manufactured by Airbus Defence & Space, in full co-operation with IAI.
According to foreign sources and a local report by the Farmorocco blog, a Moroccan purchase of three Harfang UAS has already been agreed, with Israeli approval. Additional aircraft could follow.
It is not clear what payloads will be carried by the UAS Morocco has purchased, but these are likely to be Israeli-produced. The ties between the nations are good, despite the fact that diplomatic relations between the nations were cut in 2000.
The French air force recently fielded its first two of a planned 12 General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Reaper UAVs, with the aircraft now supporting its military intervention in Mali.
Source: Flight International