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U.S. approves sale of 2401 TOW missiles and 6110 F-16 bombs to Morocco at a cost of $985 million

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    Morocco cleared for $985 million TOW missile and F-16 bomb purchases

    SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

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    A soldier uses a BGM-71 TOW missile system to scan the landscape surrounding Vehicle Patrol Base Badel, located at the mouth of the Narang Valley in Konar Province, Afghanistan, May 9, 2009.

    The U.S. Department of State has approved the sale to Morocco of 2,400 anti-tank guided missiles and more than 6,000 bombs for its F-16 aircraft at an estimated cost of $985 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said.

    TOW missiles and launchers
    The government of Morocco requested the sale of 2,401 TOW 2A missiles (BGM-71-4B-RF) along with 28 “Fly-to-Buy” missiles for lot acceptance testing, DSCA said in a Thursday, September 12 release.

    The sale includes 400 M220A2 TOW Launchers and/or four hundred 400 M41 Improved Target Acquisition System (ITAS) Launchers, along with other related equipment, training and support.

    The principal contractor is Raytheon Missile Systems, and the estimated cost is $776 million.

    “The proposed sale of the TOW 2A Missiles and TOW Launchers will advance Morocco’s efforts to develop an integrated ground defense capability,” DSCA said. “A strong national defense and dedicated military force will assist Morocco to sustain itself in its efforts to maintain stability.”

    The BGM-71 TOW – Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided – missile, first designed in the 1960s and produced in the 1970s to attack armored vehicles, can be fired by soldiers from portable launchers, as well as from vehicles and aircraft. Once fired, the target must be kept in the shooter’s line of sight until the missile impacts.

    More modern versions of the missiles – like those in the proposed sale – can use a one-way radio link rather than a wire to guide the missile, and they are identified with the “RF” suffix.

    The TOW Improved Target Acquisition System, also called ITAS, is an upgraded fire control subsystem that increases target detection, acquisition, recognition and engagement ranges. It includes Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) and other enhancements to increase detection and identification ranges by a factor of 2.

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    US Air Force load-crew members transport an inert GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) bomb to load into an F-22 at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, July 19, 2013.

    F-16 bombs and guidance units
    Morocco also requested requested the sale of 5,810 MK82-1 500 lb bombs and 300 MK84-4 2,000 lb bombs, both filled with tritonal explosive, DSCA said in a separate release.

    The proposed sale also includes JDAM guided bomb tail kits, air foil groups and computer control groups for the Paveway II laser-guided bomb system, fuzes, flares, chaff and other equipment and support.

    The principal contractors will be Raytheon, Orbital ATK, General Dynamics, Cheming Groupe, and Kaman Precision Products, and the estimated total cost is $209 million.

    “The proposed sale will improve Morocco’s capability to meet current and future threats of terror from violent extremist organizations prevalent throughout the region,” DSCA said. “Additionally, the additional munitions provided by this sale will improve interoperability with the United States and other regional allies and enhance Morocco’s ability to undertake coalition operations, as it has done in the past in flying sorties against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

    The Joint Direct Attack Munition is a guidance kit that converts unguided “dumb” gravity bombs into accurate, guided “smart bombs.”

    The bolt-on kit contains a GPS-aided inertial navigational system to improve the accuracy of general purpose bombs. Once released, the JDAM autonomously navigates to the designated coordinates.

    The similar Paveway system uses laser-guidance.

    https://thedefensepost.com/2019/09/12/morocco-tow-missiles-jdam-paveway-bombs/
     
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    The government of Morocco requested the sale of 2,401 TOW 2A missiles (BGM-71-4B-RF) along with 28 “Fly-to-Buy” missiles for lot acceptance testing, DSCA said in a Thursday, September 12 release.

    The sale includes 400 M220A2 TOW Launchers and/or four hundred 400 M41 Improved Target Acquisition System (ITAS) Launchers, along with other related equipment, training and support.

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    The principal contractor is Raytheon Missile Systems, and the estimated cost is $776 million.

    “The proposed sale of the TOW 2A Missiles and TOW Launchers will advance Morocco’s efforts to develop an integrated ground defense capability,” DSCA said. “A strong national defense and dedicated military force will assist Morocco to sustain itself in its efforts to maintain stability.”

    The BGM-71 TOW – Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided – missile, first designed in the 1960s and produced in the 1970s to attack armored vehicles, can be fired by soldiers from portable launchers, as well as from vehicles and aircraft. Once fired, the target must be kept in the shooter’s line of sight until the missile impacts.

    More modern versions of the missiles – like those in the proposed sale – can use a one-way radio link rather than a wire to guide the missile, and they are identified with the “RF” suffix.

    The TOW Improved Target Acquisition System, also called ITAS, is an upgraded fire control subsystem that increases target detection, acquisition, recognition and engagement ranges. It includes Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) and other enhancements to increase detection and identification ranges by a factor of 2.


    https://thedefensepost.com/2019/09/12/morocco-tow-missiles-jdam-paveway-bombs/
     
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    The government of Morocco requested the sale of 2,401 TOW 2A missiles (BGM-71-4B-RF) along with 28 “Fly-to-Buy” missiles for lot acceptance testing, DSCA said in a Thursday, September 12 release.

    The sale includes 400 M220A2 TOW Launchers and/or four hundred 400 M41 Improved Target Acquisition System (ITAS) Launchers, along with other related equipment, training and support.

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    The principal contractor is Raytheon Missile Systems, and the estimated cost is $776 million.

    “The proposed sale of the TOW 2A Missiles and TOW Launchers will advance Morocco’s efforts to develop an integrated ground defense capability,” DSCA said. “A strong national defense and dedicated military force will assist Morocco to sustain itself in its efforts to maintain stability.”

    The BGM-71 TOW – Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided – missile, first designed in the 1960s and produced in the 1970s to attack armored vehicles, can be fired by soldiers from portable launchers, as well as from vehicles and aircraft. Once fired, the target must be kept in the shooter’s line of sight until the missile impacts.

    More modern versions of the missiles – like those in the proposed sale – can use a one-way radio link rather than a wire to guide the missile, and they are identified with the “RF” suffix.

    The TOW Improved Target Acquisition System, also called ITAS, is an upgraded fire control subsystem that increases target detection, acquisition, recognition and engagement ranges. It includes Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) and other enhancements to increase detection and identification ranges by a factor of 2.


    https://thedefensepost.com/2019/09/12/morocco-tow-missiles-jdam-paveway-bombs/
     
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    With this deal, Morocco's inventory of TOW-2A would reach 4201 missiles and 700 launchers.
     
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    The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $776 million sale of various TOW-2A missiles to Morocco, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Thursday in an official notification to Congress.

    The possible sale to Morocco includes 2,401 TOW 2A, Radio Frequency (RF) Missiles (BGM-71-4B-RF); and 28 TOW 2A, Radio Frequency (RF) Missiles (BGM-71-4B-RF), Fly-to-Buy missiles for lot acceptance testing; and 400 M220A2 TOW Launchers and/or four hundred 400 M41 Improved Target Acquisition System (ITAS) Launchers, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

    “The proposed sale of the TOW 2A Missiles and TOW Launchers will advance Morocco’s efforts to develop an integrated ground defense capability. A strong national defense and dedicated military force will assist Morocco to sustain itself in its efforts to maintain stability.,” he said in a recent statement.




    The principal contractors involved in this program are Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona and McKinney, Texas.

    The tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided TOW weapon system, with the multi-mission TOW 2A, TOW 2B Aero and TOW Bunker Buster missiles, is the premier long-range, heavy assault-precision anti-armor, anti-fortification and anti-amphibious landing weapon system used throughout the world today. The TOW missile enables ground forces to achieve overmatch against adversary armored and wheeled systems, regardless of the environment or conditions.

    The weapon system is deployed with more than 20 international armed forces and integrated on more than 15,000 ground, vehicle and helicopter platforms. It’s also the preferred heavy assault anti-armor weapon system for NATO, coalition, United Nations and peacekeeping operations worldwide.

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    https://defence-blog.com/army/u-s-s...e-of-tow-2-anti-tank-missiles-to-morocco.html
     
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    Who is Morocco going to fight?
     
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    Morocco has problems with the separatists in the south and their supporters in the East. Also, this is part of the renewal program of the stockpiles and military hardware with a budget of $10 billion.
     
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    This a nice purchase of ATGMs that are sufficient for destroying Russian tanks and any other threats Morocco faces.
     
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    Thanks. They can neutralize the armored vehicles or 4x4 trucks that are used by the separatists along the berm. I think they can also be mounted on helicopters and tracked vehicles. (Possibly Bradley Fighting Vehicle which might be purchased soon). With this deal, the army has around 4000 TOW A2 missiles and 700 launchers.
     
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    Go buy Chinese defence products, will allow you a more balance of freedom and independence in your future interests? Pakistan jf17 is an example of this. Your critical American platforms will be a heavy price to pay, not only finically one. Jf17 shot su30 down no hard work of it. Shop around
     
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    How can you sanction a fucking TOW missile? It doesn't need all the shit fighter jets need. Morocco does buy around with their purchases of Chinese MBT, and SAMs.
     
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    Morocco bought Chinese, French and even Russian weapons.
     
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    Linked this topic, with past threads of American hardware they got, tanks and planes. I believed not discussed that long ago here.

    What I find shit is? your useless armies unable to defend anything. Focus on that more.