Morocco plans to buy around thirty Ejder Yalçın armored vehicles produced in Turkey by Nurol Makina. The Kingdom is thus extending its purchasing scope to countries other than so-called traditional ones to which its military purchases are dedicated.
However, Turkish media reported that the company, Nurol Makina, was in advanced talks with Rabat for the acquisition of these vehicles for the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces. Ejder Yalçın is an armored fighting vehicle produced by the specialist company Nurol Makina, a manufacturer of the Turkish defense industry which manufactures, among other things, the 4 × 4 light armored vehicles Ejder Yalçın and Yörük. These vehicles are popular in many countries in the Middle East, the Gulf, Asia, Africa and Europe, NATO with Turkey and Hungary which has just acquired the battleship has added this product to its arsenal.
Ejder Yalçın was developed to meet the operational needs of military units and security forces in all regions and field conditions, including residential and rural areas. With its high levels of protection and operational capability, the vehicle serves as a proven platform in the field of operations.
It was also designed with ten configurations for different tasks. The armored vehicle, which is a class leader with its level of protection, mobility and payload capacity, can be an explosive destruction vehicle; air defense vehicle; control-command vehicle; combat vehicle; chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle; personnel carrier; hand-made mine / explosives destruction and detection vehicle; Armored ambulance and border surveillance and security vehicle.
We see the Kingdom for its defense varies its purchases according to its needs and supply. Admittedly, its main supplier (85 to 90% of its arsenal) is none other than the United States, but that does not prevent it from diversifying the complement of its military equipment here and there, by stocking up in France ( second supplier), in Germany, Israel, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Turkey where it plans to acquire around thirty Ejder Yalçın armored vehicles after placing an order for 13 Bayraktar TB2 drones as well as their ground equipment.
The Turkish gem the TB2 is inexpensive, reliable and perhaps one of the key factors for an army to establish its power or at least its rise to power. Less than a year ago, Morocco ordered 36 Sherpa Light Scout and Light ACP tactical armored vehicles from France (Société Arquus). According to the latest Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) annual report on armaments, Morocco is among the top 30 largest importers of arms in the world. It is the third largest importer of arms in Africa after Egypt and Algeria.
During the 2016-2020 five-year period, the Kingdom participated in world arms imports at 0.9%, against 2.1% for the period 2011-2015. France, which had Morocco as a privileged client, had to come to terms over the years as the main strategic military partner, today it is the United States that has become so and far ahead of France, the Germany, the Netherlands and Spain who shared the remaining 10 to 15% of the lion’s share that Uncle Sam reserves for himself. In the Global Firepower Index which ranks the largest military powers, Morocco is ranked in 53th global position.