Morocco receives Israeli spy satellite worth $1 billion

Hebrew media revealed that Morocco has signed a contract with Israel to buy a spy satellite from Israel Aerospace Industries as part of a deal worth $1 billion.

Calcalist, a Hebrew-language website specializing in technology news, reported that Morocco plans to buy an intelligence satellite from the aviation industry for around $1 billion.

Israel and Morocco are reportedly aiming to reach an agreement in the second half of 2023.

Calcalist has learned that in recent days, Israel Aerospace Industries President Amir Peretz visited Morocco, via the European country, to sign a deal that has been kept secret until now.

The company, which makes Israel’s advanced missile defence systems and drones, said the contract would be carried out over five years.

Moroccan news sites Le Desk and Le360 cited Israeli sources in Rabat as saying the contract stipulates that the company will provide the Ofek-13 reconnaissance satellite, which will replace two satellites built by Airbus and Thales.

In 2021, Israel and Morocco approved a defense agreement covering intelligence gathering, military-industrial cooperation and procurement.

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