US Department of State Approves Sale of Javelins to Morocco

US Department of State Approves Sale of Javelins to Morocco
Source: Javelin FGM-148, Source: Lockheed Martin

The US Department of State approved Morocco’s request to purchase 612 Javelin missiles and 200 launching units in a deal valued at $260 million. 

 The proposed sale announced on Tuesday by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), an agency within the US Department of Defense aims to enhance Morocco’s defense capabilities and safeguard its sovereignty while bolstering U.S. interests in the region. 

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in North Africa,” the DSCA wrote in a press release. 

Developed in the 1980s and active since 1996, the Javelin system offers advanced target-locking capabilities. The missiles have a maximum range of 2,500 meters, making them a formidable asset in modern warfare. 

The FGM-148 Javelin missiles, known for their precision, will be accompanied by Lightweight Command Launch Units. 

The sale also includes comprehensive support provisions, such as simulation rounds and extensive training for Moroccan military personnel. 

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