China’s FD-2000B air defense system will guard a Moroccan base
RABAT, ($1=9.27 Moroccan Dirhams) – Near the Moroccan city of Sidi Yahia el Gharb, the Ministry of Defense of the Northern African country Morocco has opened its first military base, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing the web portal Defensa.com. The new Moroccan military base will be guarded by China’s FD-2000B air defense system, which Morocco acquired in the middle of the year.
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FD-2000B is an air defense missile system with a range of up to 300 km. This system is in the category of “advanced long-range air defense missile weapon system”. According to known characteristics, FD-2000B can intercept drones, helicopters, airplanes, cruise missiles, air-to-surface missiles as precision guided bombs. The purpose of the FD-2000B is to respond to an intense missile attack, even in the presence of electronic jamming.
FD-2000 is used as an air defense system to protect political, military, and economic sites. FD-2000 has an autonomous function, ie. can command other weapons systems for air defense, thus ensuring the formation of a multi-layered “air shield”. The Chinese manufacturer of the FD-2000 has improved the export version available to Morocco by having a YLC-20 sensor – additional anti-stealth capability.
The FD-2000 has four rocket containers vertically positioned relative to the rear axle, each loaded with a two-stage HongQi 9 rocket. The mass of the rocket is almost 2 tons and is almost 7 meters long. She is armed with 180 kg. warhead and reaches flight speed 4.2 Max. The missile has a proximity fuse with an effective range of 35 m, which goes active when the missile is 5km away from its target.
The new Moroccan military base near Sidi Yahia el Gharb is spread over an area of 420,000 square meters and is built of hangars, administrative headquarters, and barracks for soldiers.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the African country is in the top 40 military importers in the world, with the United States being a major supplier of weapons systems and technology. France, Turkey, and Israel are also exporters of weapons systems to Morocco.
Morocco is expecting the F-16 Block 72 fighters it ordered in 2019. In this regard, the state is preparing to modernize two airbases in the country to take over the management of Moroccan F-16 squadrons.
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