US Approves Potential Sale of HIMARS Rockets to Morocco for Estimated $524.2 Mln

A US M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) fires a missile during a joint military drill between the Philippines and the US called Salaknib at Laur, Nueva Ecija province, northern Philippines on Friday, March 31, 2023. (AP)
A US M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) fires a missile during a joint military drill between the Philippines and the US called Salaknib at Laur, Nueva Ecija province, northern Philippines on Friday, March 31, 2023. (AP)
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US Approves Potential Sale of HIMARS Rockets to Morocco for Estimated $524.2 Mln

A US M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) fires a missile during a joint military drill between the Philippines and the US called Salaknib at Laur, Nueva Ecija province, northern Philippines on Friday, March 31, 2023. (AP)
A US M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) fires a missile during a joint military drill between the Philippines and the US called Salaknib at Laur, Nueva Ecija province, northern Philippines on Friday, March 31, 2023. (AP)

The US State Department has approved the potential sale of HIMARS artillery rocket systems and related equipment to Morocco in a deal valued at up to $524 million, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

The State Department has also approved the possible sale of Joint Stand Off Weapons and related equipment to Morocco for an estimated cost of $250 million, the Pentagon said.

It said the principal contractors for the HIMARS will be Lockheed Martin; L3Harris; Raytheon; COBHAM; Oshkosh Defense; AAR Corp; and AM General LLC.

The principal contractor for the Joint Stand Off Weapons will be Raytheon, the Pentagon said.



Palestinian Authority at Risk of Collapse, Norway Says

Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)
Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)
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Palestinian Authority at Risk of Collapse, Norway Says

Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)
Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)

The Palestinian Authority could collapse in the coming months, Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide said on Monday, citing a lack of funding, continuing violence and the fact that half a million Palestinians are not allowed to work in Israel.

"The situation is extremely dire. The Palestinian Authority, with whom we work closely, are warning us that they might be collapsing this summer," Barth Eide told Reuters.

"If it collapses, you could end up having another Gaza, which would be terrible for everybody, including the people of Israel," he added.

Norway chairs the international donor group to the Palestinians and is a backer of the PA.