Mohammed VI calls for the development of the Moroccan Armed Forces' capabilities

The King has ordered the creation of a new headquarters for the Royal College of Military Studies 
AFP/FADELSENNA - Un miembro de las Fuerzas Armadas Reales marroquíes observa el sobrevuelo de helicópteros de ataque estadounidenses AH-64 Apache durante el segundo ejercicio militar anual León Africano en la región de Tan-Tan, en el suroeste de Marruecos, el 30 de junio de 2022
A member of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces observes the overflight of US AH-64 Apache attack helicopters - AFP/FADELSENNA
  1. FAR, an army in constant development 

On the occasion of the 68th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces, the Moroccan monarch, Mohammed VI, has called for a comprehensive evaluation of the curricula and military training programmes of all soldiers at all levels.  

This initiative launched by the king, who is also supreme commander and chief of the General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, aims to create a new dynamism in educational systems and means, adapting them to new transformations and innovative methods in the fields of science, technology and artificial intelligence. 

To this end, Mohammed VI has ordered the establishment of a new headquarters of the Royal College of Military Postgraduate Studies, an integrated university centre encompassing all higher military training schools. This institution will be dedicated to officers of the land, air, naval and Royal Gendarmerie forces, and will ensure an integrated education according to modern and advanced curricula and technologies, open to the continental and international space.  

"The unprecedented participation of our youth in response to the nation's call for military service, which has yielded very positive results since its reintroduction, reflects the continued success of this process," declared the Moroccan monarch, according to Al-Arab. 

El rey marroquí Mohammed VI (Centro), acompañado por el príncipe heredero Moulay El Hassan, preside una sesión de trabajo dedicada a examinar la situación tras un devastador terremoto en el Palacio Real de Rabat - PHOTO/MAP (AGENCIA DE PRENSA MARROQUÍ)
Moroccan King Mohamed VI, accompanied by Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan - PHOTO/MAP (MOROCCO PRESS AGENCY)

For this reason, Mohammed VI explains that it has been decided to establish a new centre based on "a new approach to professional training and qualification, combining the strengthening of the spirit of belonging to the homeland and responsibilities, as well as opening the doors to the future and the integration of young Moroccans who are physically, scientifically and technically prepared to contribute effectively to the development of the country". 

The Moroccan King recalled that "today's world is witnessing worrying tensions and unprecedented rapid transformations, embodied in intersections, differences in alliances and growing possibilities of war in different regions of the world". 

Fotografía de archivo, fuerzas especiales marroquíes hacen guardia en la entrada de un edificio durante operación antiterrorista - REUTERS/YOUSSEF BOUDLAL
File photo, Moroccan special forces stand guard at the entrance of a building during an anti-terrorist operation - REUTERS/YOUSSEF BOUDLAL

This situation has led to a rethinking of security and defence concepts, highlighting the need to adapt programmes and strategies to growing threats and challenges. "Therefore, we are constantly interested in developing the capabilities of the Royal Armed Forces with their various components and equipping them with all the necessary modern technical means and equipment through training and qualification programmes for the human element, while developing integrated plans that ensure their permanent operational readiness and enhance their defensive capabilities in all circumstances," he adds.  

According to Mohamed Al-Tayyar, an expert in strategic and security studies, "the geostrategic transformations taking place in the international arena require, in addition to constant vigilance and continuous adaptation, a rational approach to improving defence". 

PHOTO/FILE - Las Fuerzas Armadas Reales marroquíes
The Royal Moroccan Armed Forces - PHOTO/FILE 

Mohammed VI also wished to express his satisfaction and gratitude for "the determination, altruism and compliance shown by these young men and women, following their integration into the ranks of the Royal Armed Forces, the Royal Gendarmerie, the National Security, the Auxiliary Forces and other departments, public administrations and civilian institutions they joined after passing their military training".  

"In view of their good results, we call on all officials to work more and more diligently to preserve the tangible achievements made by military service and advance its development," he added. 

Vehículo blindado del Ejército de Marruecos - PHOTO/FILE
Armoured vehicle of the Moroccan Army - PHOTO/FILE

"Our goal is for the Royal Armed Forces to maintain their authentic values and ancient traditions, capable of performing in the best conditions their noble task of defending the homeland and citizens," said Mohammed VI, who reaffirmed his commitment to continue "supporting the Royal Armed Forces with national framework regiments and qualified military officers".   

The monarch highlighted the army's work in the "defence of territorial integrity", but also in "peacekeeping" in other countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, missions that are "fully committed to the efforts of the United Nations to restore security and peace". Mohammed VI also wished to underline the great work of the Royal Armed Forces in the aftermath of last September's earthquake. 

"Their immediate response on the ground, with the subsequent deployment of medical field hospitals and ground and air rescue and relief units, as well as the establishment of shelter camps and the provision of food aid for the benefit of those affected, had an effective impact on alleviating the suffering of the victims," he said. 

FAR, an army in constant development 

The Moroccan Armed Forces were created by a royal decree published on 25 June 1956 in the Official Gazette. The FAR includes several branches, such as the army, the air force, the navy and the royal gendarmerie, as well as the Royal Guard and the Civil Defence. 

The development of the FAR has gone through a series of stages, from modernisation of weaponry to qualification and improvement in all areas.

In recent years, the Moroccan army has obtained new and advanced military equipment from the United States, Israel and China, including electronic warfare weapons, a new squadron of F-16 fighters equipped with modern technological systems, advanced defence systems from Israel and numerous new-generation defence drones. 

AFP/ISAAC BREKKEN - Imagen de un dron
Image of a drone - AFP/ISAAC BREKKEN 

In this regard, it is also worth noting the Pentagon's recent approval to supply Morocco with the advanced 'HIMARS' defence system.   

Morocco's defence budget has been significantly increased to 12.4 billion dollars by 2024. This fund will further strengthen the Royal Armed Forces, especially its defensive and offensive arsenal through the process of acquiring and repairing various equipment, as well as a strategy to enhance the development of the national defence industry. 

The Kingdom also plans to invest in a surveillance system for a developed coastline, as protecting the coast has become one of Rabat's top priorities.