Israel is going to sell its system of anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense “Barak MX” to Morocco. This is what emerges, among other things, from leaked documents from the Pentagon, currently at the center of a great controversy in the United States. Most of the documents in question, shared on social media since January 2023, refer to the state of the war in Ukraine. But some archives also provide information on the military strategies of allied countries, such as Israel, in relation to the same war in Ukraine, but also beyond.
This is how a leaked document tells us that the delivery to Morocco of the “Barak MX” anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense system has been recorded; and that it will take place in mid-2023, according to the FAR-Morocco page on Facebook.
Countries like Azerbaijan, India or the United Arab Emirates already have this technology, while others, like Colombia, will have to wait until 2026 to be able to access it. This delivery is part of the agreement signed in February 2022 between Morocco and Israel to arms contracts for an amount of 500 million dollars.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will supply the Moroccan army with the “Barak MX” air defense and missile defense system, a flexible and modular device that can protect against a wide range of threats from missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones).
The system allows the management of three types of interceptors from the IAI “Barak” family: “Barak-MRAD”, a single-pulse rocket motor, which intercepts missiles at distances of up to 35 kilometers; “Barak-LRAD”, a double pulse rocket motor, which intercepts missiles at ranges of up to 70 kilometers; and “Barak-ER”, a double-pulse rocket motor with an additional boost for a range of 150 kilometers. The “Barak-MX” system is supported by radar and various launchers to provide better coverage of fighter jets, helicopters, drones, cruise missiles, surface-to-air missiles, and surface-to-surface missiles.
Former Israeli Defense Minister, a fervent defender of his Moroccan origins and currently a member of the IAI, Amir Peretz was particularly involved in the agreement between Morocco and the Jewish state. Rabats has already acquired Israeli Heron drones, owned by IAI itself, IAI Bluebird, as well as robotic patrol vehicle systems from Elbit Systems and Skylock drone interceptors.