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Morocco requests 600 Javelin missiles in US foreign military sale

Soldiers fire an FGM-148 Javelin during combined arms live-fire training as part of Exercise Eager Lion in Jordan, 27 August 2019. Eager Lion is US Central Command's largest exercise and provides the opportunity to integrate forces and strengthen military-to-military relationships. Photo: Army Sgt. Liane Hatch

The government of Morocco has requested more than 600 Javelin missiles in a possible US$260 million US foreign military sale approved by the US State Department.

The government of Morocco has requested more than 600 Javelin missiles in a possible US$260 million US foreign military sale approved by the US State Department.

The US Congress was notified of the possible sale by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 19 March 19.

The possible sale includes 612 Javelin FGM-148F missiles including 12 fly-to-buy missiles, 200 Javelin Lightweight Command Launch Units, missile simulation rounds, Javelin support equipment, hand and measuring tools, books and publications, power plus distribution equipment, component parts and support equipment, life cycle support and other technical assistance, gunner training, ammunition officer’s training, system integration and checkout, maintenance training, tactical aviation and ground munitions and other related elements of logistics and program support.


“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,” according to a statement published by the DSCA.

“The proposed sale will improve Morocco’s long-term defence capacity to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity and to meet its national defence requirements. Morocco will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

“The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. There will be no adverse impact on US defence readiness as a result of this proposed sale.”

The prime contractors will be the Javelin Joint Venture between Lockheed Martin and RTX Corporation. Implementation of the proposed sale will not require the assignment of US government or contractor representatives to Morocco.

In April 2023, the government of Morocco requested the acquisition of 18 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and 40 air-to-ground precision missiles in two separate foreign military sales.

The US State Department has approved both possible foreign military sales and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the US Congress on 11 April.

Under the first sale in April, Morocco would receive 18 HIMARS, 40 M57 Army Tactical Missile Systems, 36 M30A2 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems Alternative Warhead, nine high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles, and 18 International Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems as well as practice rocket pods, radios, cargo trucks, resupply vehicles, wrecker trucks, camouflage systems, and support equipment for an estimated US$524.2 million.

In a separate foreign military sale, the government of Morocco will acquire 40 AGM-154C Joint Standoff Weapons (JSOW) for use on F-16 multi-role fighter jets at an estimated cost of US$250 million.

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