Israel to Provide Morocco With Spy Satellite in $1 Billion Deal

By Hamodia Staff

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is set to provide Morocco with an intelligence satellite as part of a $1 billion deal agreed signed in recent, further deepening the ties between the two nations, French newspaper Le Tribune reported Tuesday.

The deal, between Israel’s state-owned IAI and the Abraham Accords signatory was agreed upon late last year, the outlet said.

IAI is expected to deliver the satellite in around five years time, to replace the two Airbus satellites currently in use, the Mohammed VI-A and Mohammed VI-B. According to the French publication, Morocco’s moves aim to improve its military capabilities in air, land, and sea defense.

Sources told Calcalist that in recent days, IAI Chairman Amir Peretz flew to Morocco to sign the deal, which had been kept under wraps.

IAI has previously sold an advanced Barak 8 air defense system to Morocco for half a billion dollars; most of the system has already been delivered.

However, IAI has not formally acknowledged the recent sale. When asked by Calcalist’s about Peretz’s trip to Morocco to sign the satellite deal, IAI replied in a statement that “the company does not comment on reports about its transactions and does not provide information about trips made by the chairman.”

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