King Abdullah Design and Development Bureau
The King Abdullah Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) is a Jordan
Jordan , officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan , Al-Mamlaka al-Urduniyya al-Hashemiyya) is a kingdom on the East Bank of the River Jordan. The country borders Saudi Arabia to the east and south-east, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north and the West Bank and Israel to the west, sharing...

ian defence company. The King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau was established by Royal Decree on 24 August 1999 to provide an indigenous capability for the supply of scientific and technical services to the Jordanian Armed Forces
Jordanian Armed Forces
The Jordanian Armed Forces , also referred to as The Arab Army , with all of it branches, is under direct control of the King of Jordan...

 (JAF). KADDB was also created for the supply of defense and commercial equipment optimized for Middle East
Middle East
The Middle East is a region that encompasses Western Asia and Northern Africa. It is often used as a synonym for Near East, in opposition to Far East...

 requirements. It is an independent agency within the Jordanian Armed Forces tasked with operating according to best business practices and is financed both through the defense budget and by technology, products and services sales incomes.

KADDB employs approximately 200 military and civilian personnel within its two Strategic Business Units (SBUs). The majority of its staff work in the Engineering Group located within the King Hussein Main Workshops. Headquartered in central Amman
Amman is the capital of Jordan. It is the country's political, cultural and commercial centre and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The Greater Amman area has a population of 2,842,629 as of 2010. The population of Amman is expected to jump from 2.8 million to almost...

, KADDB is organized into three divisions: the Engineering Group, the Manufacturing Group, and the Programs group.

KADDB Investment Group

Launched on January 1st, 2010, the KADDB Investment Group has been established to act as the commercial arm for the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB). The KADDB Investment Group aims at establishing new businesses in the Defense, security and Automotive industries along with all services that would compliment these industries.

KIG handles all business-related activities by having its team evaluate an opportunity all the way to realizing its full potential as well as develop the current businesses through implementation of business development, marketing and communication activities, in addition to enhancing the Group’s corporate image. Moreover, the Group carries out marketing and communication tasks for KADDB Investment Group.

KADDB Industrial Park

In October, 2009 King Abdullah II inaugurated the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau Industrial Park (KADDB IP), which is the first comprehensive free zone in the Middle East
Middle East
The Middle East is a region that encompasses Western Asia and Northern Africa. It is often used as a synonym for Near East, in opposition to Far East...

, specialized in the defense industry and the manufacturing vehicles. KADDB IP is a public limited liability company owned completely by the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB). It was established in 2006 in accordance with the Free Zones Law to upgrade Jordan’s industrial base, attract investments, and encourage the development of interactive industries for manufacturing vehicles, in the context of an environment that attracts investment by offering incentives, tax exemptions, and excellent logistical services such as communications, infrastructure, and management. The Park also enjoys the security measures needed for defense industries and all other facilities to ensure the success of the investment. It is located on 3,800 dunams (1 dunum = 1,000 square meters) of land at Khalidiyah in thye Mafraq Governorate
Mafraq Governorate
Mafraq is one of the governorates of Jordan, located to the north-east of Amman, capital of Jordan. It has a population of 254,219 with a percentage of 4.5% of Jordan's population...

, 50 km from Amman and 24 km from Zarqa
Az-Zarqāʔ is a city in Jordan located to the northeast of Amman. With a population of more than one million 1000,000. It is the country's second largest city after Amman. Zarqa is the capital of Zarqa Governorate . Its name means "the blue one".- Overview :Zarqa is Jordan's industrial centre, home...

, on the cross roads linking Jordan to Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia , commonly known in British English as Saudi Arabia and in Arabic as as-Sa‘ūdiyyah , is the largest state in Western Asia by land area, constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula, and the second-largest in the Arab World...

, Iraq
Iraq ; officially the Republic of Iraq is a country in Western Asia spanning most of the northwestern end of the Zagros mountain range, the eastern part of the Syrian Desert and the northern part of the Arabian Desert....

, and Syria
Syria , officially the Syrian Arab Republic , is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea to the West, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south, and Israel to the southwest....

, which facilitates the transportation of KADDB IP products to all countries in the region.


KADDB's first priority is to meet military needs; business is balanced between the armed forces’ requests and the bureau’s push for its own technologies or concepts. An example of an idea generated by the bureau for the military is the Desert Iris Jeep. A multi-purpose vehicle, the Desert Iris was developed by Jordan Light Vehicle Manufacturing. The Desert Iris has a Toyota 2.8 liter engine, manual gearbox and four-wheel drive. With a large load area, the truck can carry four soldiers in combat gear. A variety of weapons can be mounted on the Desert Iris. Jordanian forces used the vehicle during United Nations
United Nations
The United Nations is an international organization whose stated aims are facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, and achievement of world peace...

 peacekeeping operations in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone , officially the Republic of Sierra Leone, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Guinea to the north and east, Liberia to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west and southwest. Sierra Leone covers a total area of and has an estimated population between 5.4 and 6.4...

. Now the vehicle is employed in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia , commonly known in British English as Saudi Arabia and in Arabic as as-Sa‘ūdiyyah , is the largest state in Western Asia by land area, constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula, and the second-largest in the Arab World...

, UAE and Libya
Libya is an African country in the Maghreb region of North Africa bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad and Niger to the south, and Algeria and Tunisia to the west....


In 2005, a cooperative venture between Abu Dhabi-based Bin Jabr Group and KADDB, called Advanced Industries of Arabia, won a $41 million contract to supply the UAE armed forces with the so-called Nimr
-Development:Emirates Defense Technology initially started the Nimr project in the UAE. Engineers from the Industrial Computer Technologies engineering firm were then subcontracted to complete the detailed engineering and prototyping of the first Nimr 1 prototype...

4x4 high mobility tactical vehicle. The Nimr order called for 500 vehicles in a mix of four variants. The vehicle has a custom-made cooling system, which allows troops to operate in extreme weather conditions. The Nimr will be manufactured at a KADDB plant in Jordan.

The bureau now is working extensively to upgrade and integrate systems for battle tanks and combat vehicles. In partnership with Raytheon
Raytheon Company is a major American defense contractor and industrial corporation with core manufacturing concentrations in weapons and military and commercial electronics. It was previously involved in corporate and special-mission aircraft until early 2007...

, KADDB is upgrading the M60 A3 tank
M60 Patton
The 105 mm Gun Full Tracked Combat Tank, M60, also known unofficially as the M60 Patton, is a first-generation main battle tank introduced in December 1960. It was widely used by the U.S. and its Cold War allies, especially those in NATO, and remains in service throughout the world today...

 with an integrated fire control system. The Phoenix program improves the tank’s shoot-on-the-move capabilities, lethality and survivability. The IFCS consists of a gunner’s primary sight system, a ballistic computer and an enhanced turret stabilization system. Part of the program is the replacement of the M60’s 105-mm rifled cannon with the Swiss RUAG
RUAG is a Swiss technology company, with its headquarters in Bern. It has production sites in Switzerland , Germany , Sweden , Hungary and Austria .-Structure:The RUAG has following subsidiaries:*RUAG Aerospace RUAG is a Swiss technology company, with its headquarters in Bern. It has production...

 land systems L 50 120-mm smoothbore compact tank gun. Four M60 A3 tank battalions upgraded with the Raytheon system are operational. The IFCS also is being installed in the Al Hussein hybrid tank, a former British Challenger 1 tank outfitted with the RUAG 120 mm smooth bore gun. Additionally, KADDB is planning to install a new auxiliary power unit on the Al Hussein tank. This APU also is proposed to the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense
Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom)
The Ministry of Defence is the United Kingdom government department responsible for implementation of government defence policy and is the headquarters of the British Armed Forces....

 for the country’s Challenger 2 tanks, said a company official. The U.K. supplied Jordan with 400 Challenger 1 tanks as part of a government-to-government deal. Another project, called Falcon
Falcon Turret
The Falcon Turret is a low-profile main battle tank turret under development by King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau in Jordan.Featuring an autoloader and capable of mounting the current RUAG Defense Systems L30 120mm smoothbore gun, the turret is to be fitted to Jordan's Challenger 1 and...

, is aimed at the development of a highly survivable, reduced-silhouette turret capable of firing 105 mm guns and all types of NATO 120 mm smoothbore ammunition. The design of the Falcon turret places the crew below the turret ring. The reduced volume helps to diminish the vehicle’s profile.

In conjunction with Mechanology Design Bureau of South Africa
South Africa
The Republic of South Africa is a country in southern Africa. Located at the southern tip of Africa, it is divided into nine provinces, with of coastline on the Atlantic and Indian oceans...

, CLS Jordan and General Dynamics
General Dynamics
General Dynamics Corporation is a U.S. defense conglomerate formed by mergers and divestitures, and as of 2008 it is the fifth largest defense contractor in the world. Its headquarters are in West Falls Church , unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia, in the Falls Church area.The company has...

, KADDB is working on the Temsah tracked heavy infantry combat vehicle. It can operate alongside the most advanced battle tanks. The Temsah can be equipped with reactive armor and has a front-mounted engine to increase protection. It can carry a crew of two and up to 10 troops. The vehicle can be configured as a tracked ambulance, command post or a mortar/howitzer platform. KADDB is collaborating on a series of projects with the Jordanian armed forces. Monjed P2 is a recovery vehicle based on the chassis of the decommissioned U.S. M60A1 tank. Monjed can be used for recovery and repair of tanks in the battlefield. The vehicle carries a range of repair equipment, including a crane, cutting material and air tools. Another system, Armored Shield, provides protection for .50 cal. machine gun operators on the M113 and the URUTU armored personnel carriers. The project was initiated in response to an urgent requirement of the military in support of units deployed on U.N. operations. The 90-kilogram shield protects from all directions. Ballistic proof windows provide vision in different directions. In partnership with the armed forces’ Royal Maintenance Corps
Royal Maintenance Corps (Jordan)
The Royal Maintenance Corps "silah al siyana al-malaki" is a branch of the Jordanian Armed Forces. It must furnish continuous operation to the field and is responsible for flow of parts, and for every vehicle being operational and ready for battle...

, KADDB is able to supply new and refurbished armored fighting vehicles.

KADDB has been touted as the first company to develop military unmanned vehicles in the Arab world. The design and development bureau worked in 2001 with Jordan Aerospace Industries in a joint venture, called Jordan Advanced Remote Systems, to develop a series of tactical drones. The Falcon UAV is designed for surveillance missions. It performs real-time day and night reconnaissance, remote sensing, surveillance and target acquisition up to 50 kilometers. The Falcon has a two-stroke engine that burns a mixture of gas and oil. The UAV has an endurance of four hours but could be equipped with additional fuel tanks for more capacity. The system’s ground control station is available in tabletop or shelter-mounted configurations.

The Silent Eye is a backpack portable UAV used for scouting missions, area and perimeter control, highway monitoring and surveillance. It is also suited for search-and-rescue mission support and convoy security. It can be assembled and disassembled in less than 15 minutes, officials said. Advanced system autonomy enables hands-off operation of the system from takeoff through recovery. The I-Wing is a mini UAV with a 1.25-meter wingspan, which can be carried by two people in a lightweight, waterproof case and is shoulder launched. The wings and tail of the I-Wing are stored in a folded position, but immediately unfold when rocket-launched. On reaching a 100-meter altitude, the hard propellant engine is ejected, and an electric motor is automatically started. The Jordan Arrow is an aerial target system that is intended for both air-defense training and testing of weapon systems. The Arrow simulates a variety of air defense threats. The target is a recoverable UAV equipped with power plant, automatic flight control system, recovery parachute and modular multi-version mission payloads.

Jordan Light Vehicle Manufacturing LLC (JLVM)

JLVM is a joint venture between KADDB and the Jankel Group Ltd. of the UK to design, develop, produce, and market military vehicles. Its main products are Al-Jawad troop carrier for internal security uses, Al-Tha’lab long-range reconnaissance vehicle. JLVM, which has been operational since 2008, won the King Abdullah II Award for Excellence in 2010.
JLVM vehicles production strategy is "Build to Order" and/or "Engineer to Order" to the customer's specific requirements ranging from soft skin and special purpose vehicles to fully armoured Internal Security Vehicles (ISVs) based on a variety of commercial off the shelf chassis. Other soft skin products such as 4x4 utility vehicles, LRPV, Ambulances, mobile medical solutions vehicles …etc are part of JLVM products portfolio.

Jordan Manufacturing and Services Solutions (JMSS)

JMSS is 100% owned by KADDB, staffed with highly trained and committed workforce, equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure, which consists of 12,500M² workshops and stores, 50 tons overhead cranes, CNC Machines which include(Water Jet, Laser, 1000MT Press Brakes, CNC Plasma cutting machines, CNC tube bending) and owns heavy steel structure manufacturing up to tank assembly including hull machining machines, hull and turret manipulators and turning machines. Its activities include:
  • Batch Manufacturing of medium and heavy vehicles
  • Up to Depot Level Maintenance including rebuild, upgrade, modification and refurbishment of various vehicles types.
  • Armor design, development and upgrade.
  • Steel fabrication and manufacturing ( Railway, Potash, Cement and Phosphate industries)
  • Armored booth design and build.
  • Design, development and building of live firing shooting ranges.

Special Operations Forces Exhibition (SOFEX)

Special Operations Forces Exhibition
The Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference is a special operations and homeland security event that is held every two years at the King Abdullah I airbase in Marka, Jordan...

 is the world’s fastest growing and region’s only special operations and homeland security exhibition and conference that features the largest fully integrated and innovative Special Operations Forces equipment and solutions from around the world.

JoSecure International

Jordan International Security Company (JoSecure) is a commercial entity fully owned by King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB). It was established, back in 2004, to provide a variety of high quality security services to governmental and private sectors both locally and throughout the region, by providing the highest levels of services and applications. Business units include: Man Guarding, Systems Integration, Tracking and Navigation, and Security and secured products.

Jordan Advanced Machining Company

Jordan AMCO's objective is to establish a centre of excellence for precision manufacturing in Jordan to support the country’s developing industrial base, as well as exploring regional and international export opportunities.

Jordan AMCO's intention is to be at the forefront of advanced manufacturing in Jordan, and as well as providing machining services on a direct supply basis we will also be providing technical assistance to other local manufactures with tooling selection, heat treatment, training requirements and assistance with understanding material properties and their machining characteristics etc.

Jordan Ammunition Manufacturing and Services Co (JORAMMO)

Established in 2008 as a joint venture between KADDB, MECAR, a Belgian ammunition manufacturing company, and DMV, a holding company from the USA. JORAMMO aims to become one of the largest centers in the Middle East
Middle East
The Middle East is a region that encompasses Western Asia and Northern Africa. It is often used as a synonym for Near East, in opposition to Far East...

 and North Africa
North Africa
North Africa or Northern Africa is the northernmost region of the African continent, linked by the Sahara to Sub-Saharan Africa. Geopolitically, the United Nations definition of Northern Africa includes eight countries or territories; Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, South Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia, and...

for the design, development, production of ammunition, conducting testing and qualification of the Company's products, and dematerializing ammunition. The company caters for the ammunition needs of the Jordanian Armed Forces as well as other armed forces in the region and worldwide.


The Jordanian Company for Manufacturing Special Boots, Arab Ready Meals Company, NP Aerospace Jordan, CLS Jordan (Raytech Jordan), Aerial Survey & Photography Company, Jordan-Russian Electronic Systems Co. (JRESCO), Design Jordan, Jordan Advanced Remote Systems, Seabird Aviation Jordan, Prince Faisal Information Technology Center (PFITC), Jordan Armament & Weapon Systems (JAWS), Advanced Industries of Arabia, and Jordan Electro-Optics Co. (JEOC).

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