Morocco Received Chinese FD-2000B Air Defence Systems

Morocco Received Chinese FD-2000B Air Defence Systems
Morocco Received Chinese FD-2000B Air Defence Systems

Morocco Royal Armed Forces (FAR) received the first batteries of Chinese-made FD-2000B surface-to-air (SAM) defence missile systems at a military base, inaugurated recently, located about 50 kilometres north of Rabat near the city of Sidi Yahia el-Gharb. Morocco has previously expressed interest in getting Patriot missiles from the United States. The US International Trade Administration confirmed the sale of PATRIOT Air Defence systems and G550 reconnaissance aircraft to the Kingdom in January.


Morocco had earlier requested from China a medium-range air defence system based on the FD-2000 (HQ-9) SAM missile system. The FD-2000 SAM is an export variant of the Chinese-made HQ-9 sophisticated long-range air defence system, designed and constructed by the Chinese Defence Company China Precision Machinery Import & Export Corporation (CPMIEC). 

The FD-2000B is an enhanced variant of the FD-2000, capable of intercepting and destroying all forms of modern aerial threats at various altitudes, including conventional aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles. This air defence missile system can counter multiple short- to long-range targets and is linked to an air defence network with other weapon systems.


Morocco Received Chinese FD-2000B Air Defence SystemsThe system can intercept targets from a distance of up to 250 kilometres (155 miles), from an altitude of 30 kilometres (18 miles), and a radar detection range of 280 kilometres (173 miles). 

Morocco Received Chinese FD-2000B Air Defence Systems

Morocco's armed forces currently employ Chinese military equipment such as VT-1A main battle tanks, HJ-8L anti-tank missiles, PHL-03 and WS-2D MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System, Type 90 35mm anti-aircraft gun, Sky Dragon 50 Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Defence Missile, and Type 56 7.62mm assault rifles.

Morocco has recently purchased military equipment from the United States, France, Turkey, and Israel, including the Skylock Dome System from Israel, to improve its monitoring capabilities, particularly in its southern provinces.