Jordan facility for anti-terrorist training

The King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center, based 20 kilometers northeast of Amman, will feature a wide variety of live-fire ranges and other land, sea and air training facilities, said representatives during a recent military exposition here.

Situated on 500 acres alongside towering cliffs in Yajooz, the training compound will include a large, live-fire urban training center, a driver training range, close-quarter battle houses, sniper training ranges, vehicle mockups, housing and mess hall facilities that can accommodate 650 people at a time, said Col. Maher Halaseh, project director, from the King Abdullah II design and development bureau, an organization created by Jordan’s government in 1999 to provide scientific and technical capabilities to its armed forces.

While the center’s immediate beneficiary will be the Jordanian Special Forces Command, the country intends to open the center’s doors to other units, both nationally and internationally, upon completion in 2009.

“The center will give non-Mediterranean nations the real environment of fighting counter-terrorism in this area,” said Halaseh.

The center could accommodate a battalion-size group, with company-sized elements training simultaneously on the various ranges, pointed out project representatives.
Source: Jean Grace-National Defense Journal-

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