Morocco is buying
three SIGMA class corvettes from the Netherlands. These ships displace 1,700
tons, are 281 feet long and have a crew of 80. Armament consists of a 76mm gun,
two 20mm guns, eight Mistral anti-aircraft missiles, six torpedoes and four
anti-ship missiles (French Exocets). There are radars for navigation,
surveillance air defense, as well as sonar. These ships can stay at sea for
about 28 days at a time, and will cost about $300 million each. These ships are
used for coastal patrol and coast guard type operations.