Morocco could acquire VARTA Ukrainian 4x4 MRAP armored vehicles

According to information published by the "Tactical Report" website on February 7, 2022, Morocco could sign an agreement with Ukraine to acquire Varta 4x4 Mine Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles manufactured by the company Ukrainian Armor.
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Ukrainian army Varta 4x4 MRAP armored vehicle at a military parade in Kyiv.  (Picture source Ukraine MoD)

Citing "Tactical Report" information, the vehicles will be acquired to be delivered to the Moroccan army.

In December 2020, a delegation from the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces was in Ukraine to visit the company's factory of Ukrainian Armor. During this visit, the Ukrainian company has conducted live demonstration to demonstrate combat capabilities of MRAP Varta and SAV Novator armored vehicles, 60 mm, 82 mm, and 120 mm mortar and ammunition, as well as the ZU-23 AD 23mm air defense system.

The company “Ukrainian Armor” develops, designs and produces wheeled armored vehicles VARTA, NOVATOR and KAMRAT in different variants and configurations which are able to conduct different types of missions such as surveillance and reconnaissance, border patrolling, special missions, personnel carrier, and medical evacuation.

Ukrainian armor also produces mortar weapon systems in 60 mm, 81 mm, 82 mm, and 120 mm calibers as well as ammunition.

The VARTA is a 4x4 armored in the category of MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle fully designed and developed in Ukraine by the company Ukrainian. The layout of the Varta is conventional for a modern wheeled combat vehicle with the engine at the front, crew in the middle, and troops compartment at the rear. It has a crew of two including driver and commander and can accommodate eight infantrymen. The vehicle has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 17,500 kg with a maximum payload of 3,000 kg.

The standard VARTA in APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) configuration is fitted with a one-man open-top turret mounted on at the front of the roof which can be armed with one 7.62mm PK machine gun or 12.7mm NSV heavy machine gun.

The VARTA is motorized with a 6-cylinder in-line turbo diesel engine developing 380 hp and can run at a maximum road speed of 100 km/h coupled to a manual transmission with nine gears. The hull of the VART is fully protected against the firing of small arms 7.62mm calibers. It has also mine protection against blast and explosion of 6 kg of TNT under the wheels and the floor of the vehicle.