The Royal Moroccan Army officially took possession of initial M1A1 Abram main battle tanks after first units were presented by the country on 26 July. A comprehensive number of vehicles were acquired from the US stocks. However the vehicles are being refurbished by GDELS prior they are shipped to Morocco. The delivery will last until 2018.
The US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) announced the Kingdom of Morocco had requested 200 surplus US Army battle tanks refurbished and modified into the “Situational Awareness” configuration in June 2012.
General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) was awarded a USD17.2 million contract by the US Army in August 2015 to replace the frontal armour on 50 M1A1 Abrams turrets for Morocco. The following month GDLS was awarded a second contract worth USD358 million for conversion of 150 vehicles to the M1A1 SA Abrams configuration.
Contracts were placed to Raytheon and Northrop to supply thermal sights and laser range finders respectively for the Moroccan battle tanks.