Jordan expands Armed Forces modernization as a force
King Abdullah: We are dedicated to providing the Armed
Forces with the most modern weaponry
Oct. 3, 2007 (Petra)— His Majesty King Abdullah II said "in order that
the Arab Army and the Jordanian Security Institutions remain, as they
have always been, a model in competency and efficiency in executing
their duties and shouldering their great responsibilities, we are
dedicated to providing them with the most modern weaponry and to
diversifying the sources they come from."
During meeting tens of thousands of the Armed Forces' personnel on
Wednesday after the Iftar banquette which was hosted by the Arab Army at
the Royal Military Collage in honor of the King, His Majesty unveiled
comprehensive plans for modernizing and upgrading all military units in
terms of arming, administration, and training.
King Abdullah announced that there are
plans and project to enhance the living standards of families of the
armed forces and security apparatuses, personnel, retired and martyrs,
especially in the field of providing decent houses for them, pointing at
the projects the Armed Forces will implement to combat the poverty and
unemployment in all governorates.
Jordan now has 55 F-16 jet fighters
"I am here today to see how you
are, and to tell you how proud I am of each one of you, how honored I am
to have served in this army and how proud I am of the many years that I
lived with you, and among you, in every battalion, every camp and every
field of the fields of honor and gallantry for which you stand as a
symbol. You are always and forever a symbol of honor, bravery, sacrifice
and belonging," King Abdullah said.
"I want you to be sure that you are always in my thoughts and
conscience, and that I am keen to be with you and among you every day,
and on every occasion. When I am not with you, I am always busy working
for you and for your kin and brothers, the Jordanian people, who deserve
whatever we can do for them, and that we complete the building process
of this homeland and all that we own, for which we are ready to
sacrifice our souls and blood," added the King.
|Jordan M-60 Phoenix: Project Improvements include:
True shoot-on-the-move capability, day/night target
acquisition, and improved first round hit probability are achieved
with Raytheon's Integrated Fire Control System (IFCS) upgrade.
Replacement of the M60 105-mm rifled gun with RUAG land Systems
L50 120-mm smooth-bore Compact Tank Gun (CTG). Improvements in M60
acceleration and cross-country capability are achieved with the
mobility upgrade provided by L3 Communications. Survivability is
improved through the addition of the armor protection scheme for
both the M60's turret and hull. This project is being carried out
by the King
Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB)
His Majesty said "as for you,
comrades-in-arms, the chivalrous members of the Arab Army and the
Security Institutions, you are the source of our pride. To you we convey
our respect and appreciation; your excellent reputation around the world
adds to our pride in you," adding " on this occasion, I want to salute
with pride your brothers and colleagues in the United Nations
Peacekeeping Forces, who raise Jordan's flag and bring honor to Jordan's
name throughout the world; I wish them and the homeland many happy
returns of the day."
His Majesty the King, accompanied by Their Royal Highness Princes
Hussein Bin Abdullah, Faisal Bin Al Hussein, Ali Bin Al Hussein, Hamzah
Bin Al Hussein, was received by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff Gen. Khaled Jameel Sarayreh and his assistants as well as a number
of the Armed Forces' officers.