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Morocco reportedly acquires Sky Dragon 50 SAM

31 January 2018

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.

The Sky Dragon 50 was not previously believed to have been ordered by any countries, although a Norinco official told Jane’s in 2016 that it would be submitted for an Indonesian contest.

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