King Abdullah watched special operations troops making free-fall parachute jumping, while flying the national flag and banners of the Great Arab Revolt, Jordan Armed Forces, Joint Special Operations and the 2016 SOFEX.
The King and the attendees also watched a drill using helicopters and Royal Air Forces fighter jets, exercised by the Joint Special Operations and the Jordanian Army Quick Reaction Forces, who were equipped with cutting-edge weapons capable of making high-speed movement and able to implement strategic transport operations.
Moreover, King Abdullah toured the arms fair pavilions, where he was briefed by representatives of local, Arab and global companies on their military hardware on display.
The King also visited with Jordan’s pavilion, which showcases sophisticated and state-of-the-art weapons and equipment used in various defense and rescue operations by the armed forces and security departments.
During his tour, the King stopped at the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) stand, which displays modern equipment developed by companies affiliated to the Bureau.
He was updated on machineries manufactured at KADDB and those developed for use in special operations.
The Special Operations Forces Exhibition & Conference (SOFEX) takes place biennially at the King Abdullah I Airbase in Amman in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. This niche event is held under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II, the Chairmanship of HRH Prince Feisal Bin Al Hussein and with the full support of the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF).
SOFEX is a four-day event that kicks off with a prominent one day conference that includes a series of comprehensive and topical seminars delivered by top military officials from around the world, tackling a wide range of issues pertinent to current counter terrorism and homeland security issues.
The SOFEX Exhibition surpasses expectations each year in terms of an increase in the number of participants that include Exhibiting Companies, International Pavilions, International Delegates and International Delegations headed by Ministers of Defence, Chiefs of Staff and Special Operations Commanders ,as well as numerous impressive deals that are signed at every SOFEX event. The 75,000 m² of indoor and outdoor exhibition space attracts exhibitors and national pavilions from all corners of the globe.