His Majesty King Abdullah on Monday opened the Royal Tank Museum to showcase 110 armored fighting vehicles, a large collection that has played a key role in the heroic battles fought by the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF), Jordanian news agency Petra reported.
The facility, the first ever of its kind in the region, was built at King Abdullah Gardens at Al-Mgabaleen area in Amman, and displays defunct military vehicles and tanks granted to Jordan within the framework of military exchange program.
The King, accompanied by Prince Faisal Ben Al-Hussein, inspected the Museum’s key exhibits, comprising genuine and restored collections displayed to shed light on the history of military vehicles since 1915 with a chronological order of their manufacturing.
His Majesty also toured the facility, which also has specialized halls documenting crucial events in the history of Jordan, the region and the world, and to highlight Jordanians’ heroism and sacrifices in defense of their country.
The Museum offers visitors a unique entertainment experience with advanced audio-visual technologies.
The King also listened to a briefing from the Museum’s Directors on its future plans, an installation that will provide job opportunities for the military pensioners.
Moreover, he toured the visitors’ area devoted to entertainment, educational, and interactive programs.
During the ceremony, His Majesty expressed his happiness to meet Army retirees who served in the military units alongside with him.
The Royal Tank Museum, established upon a Royal decree in 2007, aims to preserve and display the JAF’s select tanks and vehicles, along with equipment from the world military heritage.
Meanwhile, King Abdulla II also received Commander of the US Central Command (USCENTCOM) General Joseph Votel.
Jordanian News Agency (Petra) said that the meeting focused on reviewing bilateral relations, particularly military ties.
The two sides also discussed current developments in the region, as well as regional and international efforts to combat terrorism within a comprehensive strategy.