The Moroccan Royal Armed Forces received upgraded F-16 fighter planes a few days ago. The aircraft had spent several months at Edward’s Air Force Base in California, receiving upgrades.
According to the Spanish Ministry of Defense, a US air force KC-135R refueling airplane escorted the two fighter jets from the US to the sixth Ben Guerir air base north of Marrakech.
The Moroccan F-16s were fitted with an advanced defensive electronic warfare suite from Harris Corporation under a $91 million contract. The system has the ability to detect radar signals and protect aircraft from ground and air missile attacks.
The Moroccan Block-52 F-16 fleet is also undergoing maintenance at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corporation, after a $16 million contract was signed in November 2016.
According to Scramble, last year Morocco expressed its interest in acquiring 12 F-16 Viper. The F-16 Viper upgrade is equipped with an advanced mission computer, a field monitoring display, and an active antenna radar.
Morocco has bought 36 F-16 jets. One was shot down in May 2015 in a Houthi group attack in Yemen. Since then, Morocco has withdrawn its planes from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.