King inaugurates SOFEX 2018 arms fair

Amman, His Majesty King Abdullah II Tuesday inaugurated the 2018 Special Operations Forces Exhibition SOFEX on its twelfth edition, which focuses on defence industries and national security.

Upon arriving at the King Abdullah I Air Base in Amman for the opening ceremony, the Supreme Commander, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Hussein, was received by HRH Prince Faisal Ibn Al Hussein and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Freihat. His Majesty was also greeted by a guard of honour as a military band played the national anthem.

“It is of great pride that SOFEX remains an effective platform for special operations and national security, which proves itself as a standard for evaluating international events”, said SOFEX director Amer Al Tabaa.

“Defence and security are two vital issues for all world nations, and thus we spare no effort to ensure our armed forces are equipped with cutting-edge technology”, added Al Tabaa.

This fair, he pointed out, comes to provide a distinguished hub to impart knowledge and keep pace with challenges and rapid events.

The niche four-day event brings together more than 350 companies of all sizes from 35 Arab and foreign countries to showcase their state-of-the-art innovations.

Further, King Abdullah and the Crown Prince watched an exercise of paratrooper landings and cordoning off an area, which was carried out by the Rapid Response Unit with backing from F-16 fighter jets to simulate an evacuation of hostages from a terrorist group.

Royal Jordanian Air Force aircraft carrying the flags of the Jordanian army and SOFEX hovered above the area.

Also, the King and the Crown Prince toured the fair, which comprised local, regional and international companies, and listened to a briefing by representatives on their industries.

They also stopped at Jordan’s pavilion at the exhibition, which showcases weapons and sophisticated equipment used in various defence and rescue operations.

His Majesty and the Crown Prince also toured the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) and were briefed on machinery manufactured by the bureau, as well as research projects which KADDB implements jointly with universities.

They also toured the pavilions of key local and international companies and checked first-hand on their products in the field of manufacturing industrial equipment.

SOFEX is considered one of the top international defense exhibitions, and attracts delegations headed by Ministers of Defence, Chiefs of Staff and Special Operations Commanders from all corners of the globe.

Convened biennially at the King Abdullah I Airbase in Amman, the fair provides an opportunity for defense industry members around the globe to engage in discussions with high ranking military officials, network with visiting foreign delegations and showcase the technologies and solutions that will maintain the security and safety of citizens around the world.

Source: Jordan News Agency