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ZARQA – His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein on Thursday inaugurated the JADARA Equipment & Defence Systems Company's (JRESCO) factory. The company is a subsidy of King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau's (KADDB) Investment Group (KIG), the investment arm of the bureau.

The ceremony was attended by His Royal Highness Prince Feisal bin Al Hussein.

JADARA is a Jordanian–Russian project established for the assembling, manufacturing and development of RPGs. Its first product will be the “Nashab” RPG-32, a portable short range weapon that has unique qualities and accurate precision.

The event commenced with the King unveiling the commemorative plaque, followed by His Majesty and the attendants touring the assembly line of the “Nashab”. After that, they attended a live firing of JADARA’s RPG32 to illustrate the functions of the weapon, which is highly efficient in penetrating armoured vehicles and destroy bunkers. Another major feature is that it can be fired from semi-confined spaces. Nashab, which is used by the infantry troops, is prone to improve the combat capabilities of the Armed Forces.

The “Nashab” is also expected to be favoured by the armies of the region, as it is considered an upgraded version with highly advanced features of previous models of RPGs. The export procedures of such a weapon comply with UN rules in this regard to guarantee the transparency of the process.

During the ceremony, His Majesty listened to remarks by KADDB’s Chairman & CEO, and Chairman of KIG, Shadi Al Majali, followed by a speech by Sergy Chemezov, Director General of Russian Technologies State Corporation, and then a briefing about JADARA and its future plans by its general manager, Brig. Gen. Bassam Issa.

KIG seeks to establish partnerships in the defence and security industries along with the supporting services that complement these industries. The scope of work covered by the Group and its subsidies includes heavy industries, the manufacture of heavy-duty vehicles and equipment, army equipment, arms and ammunition, in addition to back-office services.

It is worth mentioning that The King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) is an independent government entity within the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF), established in 1999 by Royal Decree for the supply of high quality, efficient and cost-effective scientific and technical research and development services in defence, security and automotive industries.

The opening ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, Royal Court Chief Fayez Tarawneh, King's Office Director Imad Fakhoury and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mishaal Al Zaben in addition to ministers, chiefs of security bodies, senior officials and officers, the Russian ambassador in Amman Alexander Kalugin and embassy staff