Mohammed VI's army is about to place a second order for armed Bayraktar TB2 drones manufactured by Turkey's Baykar as tensions mount with Western Sahara and neighbouring Algeria. Other suppliers are being solicited too.
In the wake of an August military aid accord struck by Turkish President Erdogan and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, in recent weeks the Ethiopian army has taken possession of at least six Bayraktar TB2 combat drones.
Fierce competition has broken out between the two giants of the Turkish defence sector over Niger, a market Ankara has had a lock on for the past decade.
With diplomatic relations with Algeria suspended since August, Morocco has been going ahead with changes to the arrangements for protecting the very strategic border with its neighbour, in part by conducting large-scale mine-clearing operations in order to recover farmable land.
A France-based association of friends of the Saharawi Arab Republic (the disputed territory of Western Sahara) is preparing to send a delegation to camps in Algeria to meet refugees and Polisario front leaders.
The latest step in Rabat's breathless rapprochement with Israel's defence industry is Morocco's plan to set up a domestic sector to develop suicide drones, devices that are relatively easy to build and have devastating consequences.
A first batch of Turkish Anka-S drones is expected to be delivered next week to Tunis. The delivery will take place despite the fact Turkey was one of the few countries to have explicitly condemned President Kaïs Saïed's "constitutional" coup.
Everything was all set for Turkish Aerospace Industries to deliver six Anka-S combat drones to the Tunisian army when President Kais Saied seized executive control, ostensibly to undermine Ennahda, the Islamist party long supported by Turkey.
Chief of staff Said Chengriha has travelled to Moscow to clinch an astronomical arms deal, worth up to $7bn. In discussions with the Russian defence minister, he also outlined a possible Algerian intervention in the Sahel, starting with Mali.
The Bayraktar-TB2 armed drones that Morocco will receive will be equipped with Canadian-made Wescam LX-15 optronics, despite Ottawa's decision to ban the sale of such equipment to Turkish manufacturer Baykar.
Western Sahara business expert Claude Fraissinet has offered to open a committee of Emmanuel Macron's party in Dakhla. He wants to run the office with Mirelle Malbos, owner of a tourism business with Mohammed Vi's cousin Princess Noufissa El Yacoubi.
Tunisia's military will soon be operating Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) armed drones. According to our information, the Turkish state-owned conglomerate finalised a first export contract for its Anka model in January. Despite tensions between Tunis and Ankara (read below), the [.
The Tunisian military, which is in the front line against Jihadist groups and cross-border raids from Libya, may soon be able to add Turkish-built armed drones to its arsenal.According to Mahgreb Confidential's information, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has begun exclusive [.
Public sector conglomerate Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and private sector operator Baykar Makina, which has links with the Erdogan clan, are bidding to supply the Tunisian army with military drones.