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Morocco buying Harpoon missiles for its F-16 fighters

Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16
A Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16 prepares to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during exercise African Lion in 2018. Photo: US Air Force

The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale of Harpoon Block II air launched missiles for the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces’ F-16 multi-role fighter jets.

The potential sale is worth an estimated $62 million and would see Morocco receive 10 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, in addition to containers, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment.

Morocco’s request for the Boeing-built Harpoon missile purchase comes after the country was cleared to buy an additional 25 F-16C/D Block 72 fighters in March 2019.

The $4.8 billion deal also included upgrades to the 23 F‑16s already in service with the Royal Moroccan Air Forces to the more advanced F‑16V Block 52+ configuration.

Morocco ordered its first F-16 aircraft in 2009 as a replacement for the F-5E/F fleet.

More recently, Morocco was cleared by the state department to buy 36 Boeing-built AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. Approved in November 2019, the deal is worth an estimated $4.25 billion and includes AGM-114R Hellfire missiles, advanced precision kill weapon system kits, AAR-57 common missile warning systems, and AIM-92H Stinger missiles.