The Moroccan Air Force has requested equipment and weapon systems for its F-16 C/D block 50/52 aircraft under a US foreign military sale.

Morocco is a major non-Nato ally of the US and the sale will enhance Morocco’s interoperability with the US and other Nato nations.

The procurement includes 20 AGM-65D Maverick missiles, four each of AGM-65D and AGM-65H Maverick training missiles and 60 enhanced GBU-12 Paveway II kits.

Furthermore, 28 AN/ARC-238 single-channel ground and airborne radios with Havequick I/II or Saturn I/II, a ground-based simulator and 40 LAU-118A missile rails will also be provided under the contract.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has already approved a request for six AN/AAQ-33 Sniper targeting pods with ground station and 16 air combat manoeuvring instrumentation pods with four ground stations.

the defence agency has also approved eight joint mission planning systems, two remote operated video enhanced receivers, 30 AN/ALR-93 radar warning receivers and 30 AN/AVS-9 night vision goggles.

Under the proposed sale, support equipment and services will also be provided to the air force.

The DSCA has identified about ten contractors for the sale including Lockheed, Northrop, Boeing and BAE Systems.