The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Morocco of Ground Command and Control and related equipment for an estimated cost of $141.1 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on 25 August 2022.
The Government of Morocco has requested to buy six (6) Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems (MIDS-JTRS). Also included are: KY-100M Narrowband/ Wideband Terminals; KIV-78 and KIV-77 Cryptographic Appliques; AN/PYQ-10 Simple Key Loader (SKL); additional secure communications, cryptographic devices, and precision navigation equipment; unclassified and classified software, software support and support equipment; spare and repair parts; support and test equipment; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total cost is $141.1 million. 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.
The proposed sale will improve Morocco’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing timely Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and target acquisition for its security and defense. The capability is a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its self-defense. Morocco has demonstrated a commitment to modernizing its military and will have no difficulty absorbing these articles into its armed forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The principal contractors will be General Atomic Aeronautical Systems Inc., San Diego, California; Lockheed Martin Inc., Bethesda, Maryland; Raytheon Inc., Waltham, Massachusetts; and Leonardo SpA, Rome, Italy..
The purchaser typically requests offsets. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor.
Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Morocco.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.
This notice of a potential sale is required by law. The description and dollar value is for the highest estimated quantity and dollar value based on initial requirements. Actual dollar value will be lower depending on final requirements, budget authority, and signed sales agreement(s), if and when concluded.
Source: Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA); File Photo: Data Link Solutions Multifunctional information distribution system (MIDS JTRS)