Jordan joins nearly 40 nations at SOFEX in Aqaba

(Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — Jordan joined more than 38 other nations at the Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference (SOFEX), which opened in the Red Sea port of Aqaba, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

SOFEX is the world’s preeminent Special Operations exhibition and conference, which is being held at the Aqaba Gate Aviation, King Hussein International Airport on October 31–November 3, according to a US Embassy statement.

Brig. Gen. Ayman Al-Batran, CEO of the Jordan Design and Development Bureau, and head of the Jordanian Special Operations exhibition and conference, praised SOFEX in the opening meeting.

He said that SOFEX “provides a platform for decision-makers, and military leaders and officials to exchange practical and theoretical expertise to transform opportunities into real partnerships to neutralize future threats,” according to Petra.

In his opening remarks, US Ambassador Henry T. Wooster said that the US Security and Defense Pavilion “showcases the strength of US industry, ranging from innovations in tactical equipment and weaponry to military vehicles and communications systems,” according to the embassy statement.

“The US and Jordan enjoy a longstanding partnership that includes a robust military assistance program, through which American firms are well positioned to support Jordan’s defense capabilities,” Wooster said.

The embassy statement said the US “values its strategic partnership with Jordan and its regional allies, and SOFEX provides yet another opportunity to interact on an international stage with partners and industry professionals across the special operations forces to advance our regional objectives and security against emerging and hybrid threats.”

Founded in 1996 by His Majesty King Abdullah, SOFEX-22 is the 13th iteration of this exhibition, and has been a biennial event since its conception, growing in scale every time.

Petra said more than 300 international firms, including 28 US companies, are taking part in the exhibition. The embassy statement said on display is a wide-range of US military capabilities, ranging from imagery surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, joint tactical air controllers, thermal optics, a UH-60G helicopter, high mobility artillery rocket system, to include capabilities associated with several different units currently stationed within the CENTCOM area of operations, including Jordan.

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