Morocco buys Sky Dragon 50

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  1. Bangabandhu

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    http://www.janes.com/article/77491/morocco-reportedly-acquires-sky-dragon-50-sam
    Morocco took delivery of an unspecified number of Norinco Sky Dragon 50 medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems in December 2017, the Hespress.com website reported on 28 January without citing any sources.

    The Norinco Sky Dragon 50 consists of up to six mobile launchers, a fire distribution vehicle, and an IBIS150 or IBS200 target acquisition radar. The missile has its own active radar seeker and a maximum range and altitude of 50 and 20 km respectively, according to Norinco, which says the system is more affordable and easier to operate than its rivals.

    @Alpha what you think
     
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    Morocco ordered the Sky Dragon 50 and WS-2D MRL system when they visited China and sent personal to receive training on both systems for the future. Along with this, Morocco has been in negotiations with China for the HQ-9 and JF-17 for a while now, but so far nothing, either way this is the largest air defence procurement made by Morocco.
     
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    how many HQ-9s are they looking at purchasing? just a battalion or more? it seems very interesting and thanks for the information :)
     
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    pretty good purchase for Morocco considering their best SAM was the MIM-23 HAWK and MIM-72 Chaparral. I wonder how many batteries they will be looking at acquiring if they prove to be successful and admired with the higher ranks of the Moroccan Military.
     
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    Morocco is looking at purchasing 2-3 HQ-9 Batteries (16-24 launchers) which really bolster their air defense since currently they have No LRSAM in service. Algeria has decided to purchase 1 HQ-9 Battery in hopes of keeping China from supplying Morocco the System, but it may fail considering Morocco just increased ties with China including defence, in which China is now proposing to offer JF-17, etc.
    Morocco began purchasing from China in 2011, acquiring AR-3/PHL-03 MRL systems, some radars and MBT-2000s from China and now the Sky Dragon 50 and WS-2D.
    WS-2D is main reason why we are hoping for a good 3 Antey-2500 Batteries.
     
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