Morocco Cleared to Procure TOW 2A Radio Frequency Missiles and Additional F-16 Ammunition

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of TOW 2A Radio Frequency (RF) missiles and additional additional F-16 ammunition to Morocco through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of these possible sales on September 11. DSCA, as part of the U.S. Department of Defense, provides financial and technical assistance, transfer of defense matériel, training and services to allies, and promotes military-to-military contacts.

The estimated value of TOW-2A missiles sales package is $776 million while that of additional F-16 ammunition is $209 million.

TOW-2A Missiles Sales Package to Morocco

The Government of Morocco has earlier requested a possible sale of two thousand four hundred and one (2,401) TOW 2A, Radio Frequency (RF) Missiles (BGM-71-4B-RF); and twenty eight (28) TOW 2A, Radio Frequency (RF) Missiles (BGM-71-4B-RF), Fly-to-Buy missiles for lot acceptance testing; and Four hundred (400) M220A2 TOW Launchers and/or four hundred (400) M41 Improved Target Acquisition System (ITAS) Launchers.

Also included are missile support equipment; Government furnished equipment; technical manuals/publications; spare parts; tool and test equipment; training; U.S. Government technical and logistical support, contractor technical support, and other associated equipment and services.

The proposed sale of the TOW 2A Missiles and TOW Launchers will advance Morocco’s efforts to develop an integrated ground defense capability. The principal contractors involved in this program are Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona and McKinney, Texas.

F-16 Ammunition Sales Package to Morocco

The Government of Morocco has requested a possible sale of five thousand eight hundred and ten (5,810) MK82-1 Bombs (Tritonal); three hundred (300) MK84-4 Bombs (Tritonal); one hundred and five (105) Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) KMU-572F/B Tail Kits; one hundred eighty (180) MXU-651B/B Air Foil Groups (AFG), GBU-10; four thousand one hundred twenty five (4,125) MXU-650C/B AFGs, GBU-12; four thousand three hundred and five (4,305) MAU-169L/B Computer Control Groups (CCG), GBU-10,-12,-16; and five thousand one hundred seventy-eight (5,178) FMU-152 Fuzes. Also included are flares M-206, Flares MJU-7A/B, Impulse Cartridges BBU-36, Impulse Cartridges BBU-35/B, Bomb Sensor DSU-33C/B, chaff, bomb components, spares, repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, engineering technical and support services, and other related elements of logistics, transportation, and program support.

The proposed sale will improve Morocco’s capability to meet current and future threats of terror from violent extremist organizations prevalent throughout the region. 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 principal contractors will be Raytheon USA, Orbital ATK (USA), General Dynamics, Kilgore Cheming Groupe (USA), Cheming Groupe (USA), and Kaman Precision Products (USA).

Earlier this year, the U.S. State Department has approved the sale of new F-16C/D Block 72 fighter aircraft to Morocco, the upgradation of 23 Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF) F-16 Block 52+ to the F‑16V configuration and continuation of sustainment support to the current F-16 fleet.

Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16 Block 52+
A Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16 Block 52+ fighter aircraft prepares to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 191st Air Refueling Squadron, during Exercise African Lion April 20, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield)

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