UK to donate £5 million of military equipment to Jordan

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Read: 360     19:01     13 September 2018    

The UK is set to donate more than £5 million of military equipment to Jordan in a bid to strengthen the kingdom's borders.


The move, signed off by the Foreign Office, will see unarmoured vehicles, observation devices, radios, detectors to find improvised explosive devices, medical packs and uniforms sent to the Jordanian Armed Forces.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, announcing the donation in a written ministerial statement, said the equipment would go towards stopping smugglers entering the country from Syria.

The statement said: "The UK intends to grant to the Jordanian Armed Forces a number of vehicles and other equipment, acquired for the MAO’s border forces in southern Syria but now unable to be delivered to them.

"These include: unarmoured vehicles, day/night observation devices, radios, detectors to find and avoid improvised explosive devices, medical packs, uniforms, and load carrying/protective vests, to a total value of £5,061,028.46.

"The granting of this equipment and infrastructure will support the UK's existing programme of support to the Jordanian Armed Forces.

"This option is most cost-effective to the taxpayer given that the vehicles are already stored in Jordan."

The announcement follows similar action in 2015 and 2017 to improve security along the border between Jordan and Syria with equipment and training to groups selected from the Moderate Armed Opposition (MAO) in southern Syria.

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UK to donate £5 million of military equipment to Jordan

2018/09/1536833575.jpg
Read: 361     19:01     13 September 2018    

The UK is set to donate more than £5 million of military equipment to Jordan in a bid to strengthen the kingdom's borders.


The move, signed off by the Foreign Office, will see unarmoured vehicles, observation devices, radios, detectors to find improvised explosive devices, medical packs and uniforms sent to the Jordanian Armed Forces.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, announcing the donation in a written ministerial statement, said the equipment would go towards stopping smugglers entering the country from Syria.

The statement said: "The UK intends to grant to the Jordanian Armed Forces a number of vehicles and other equipment, acquired for the MAO’s border forces in southern Syria but now unable to be delivered to them.

"These include: unarmoured vehicles, day/night observation devices, radios, detectors to find and avoid improvised explosive devices, medical packs, uniforms, and load carrying/protective vests, to a total value of £5,061,028.46.

"The granting of this equipment and infrastructure will support the UK's existing programme of support to the Jordanian Armed Forces.

"This option is most cost-effective to the taxpayer given that the vehicles are already stored in Jordan."

The announcement follows similar action in 2015 and 2017 to improve security along the border between Jordan and Syria with equipment and training to groups selected from the Moderate Armed Opposition (MAO) in southern Syria.

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