The announcement of the upcoming visit of Israeli Defense Minister Benyamin Gantz to Morocco has caused great concern in Algiers. The ambitions publicly displayed by Rabat to be part of the very small countries which have a military aeronautical industry are followed with great apprehension by the staff of the National People's Army.
Indeed, a quarteron of senior Algerian officers closely follow the dossier of Moroccan advances in aeronautics. According to Maghreb-intelligence sources, this ad-hoc council is chaired by the rising star of the Algerian military institution, Major-General Mohamed Kaidi, Head of the Army's employment-preparation department. Also seated are Major General Mahmoud Laraba, Commander of the Air Force, Major General Ammar Amrani, Commander of the Air Defense Forces, General Sid-Ali Benzemirli, head of the central management and the army security and finally Colonel Hocine Hamid alias Boulahya from the Directorate of Documentation and External Security.
The members of this council meet several times a month. They recently produced a report sounding the alarm bells about new Moroccan military capabilities. According to this report, the Algerian army fears that Morocco will acquire Israeli technology allowing it to manufacture, by itself, suicide drones modeled on the Israeli IAI Harop. The latter was crucial during the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan by giving superiority to the Azeri army in the air.
The second point apprehended by the Algerian generals is the acquisition by the Moroccan army of intelligent missiles with which FAR planes and helicopters would be equipped in the near future.
The report submitted to the Chief of Staff recommends “concrete” communications between the country's leaders. The Algerians firmly believe that the Moroccans, thanks to Israel, will soon have electronic and cybernetic capacities allowing them to penetrate the heart of "strategic decision" in Algeria.
L’annonce de la prochaine visite du ministre israélien de la Défense, Benyamin Gantz, au Maroc a suscité beaucoup d’inquiétude à Alger. Les ambitions publiquement affichées par Rabat de faire parti…