Jordan & UAE to build military vehicles

Jordan and the UAE have agreed to construct a US$25 million facility to build military vehicles in Jordan.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  February 4, 2004

Jordan and the UAE have agreed to construct a US$25 million facility to build military vehicles in Jordan. The unspecified vehicles will be manufactured in the northeastern area of Duleil, near Mafraq, under a 20 year deal struck between King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) and the UAE’s Ben Jabr Group. The factory is expected to start production by the middle of the year, and make 500 vehicles a year for the first four years, costing $75,000 each. These 2000 vehicles will all be delivered to the UAE Armed Forces in an order worth $37 million. After concluding the UAE order, the joint venture will aim for business elsewhere, and it expects to produce 1000 vehicles a year. The factory, which will make the vehicles from scratch rather than just performing final assembly, will be staffed by Jordanians and Arabs. “[This facility] will be a turning point in the Arab world because the technology employed is 100% Arab,” Saeed Ben Jabr, president of the Ben Jabr group, told The Jordan Times.

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