MOSCOW, November 15 (RIA Novosti) – Jordan is interested in locally assembling Russian-designed helicopters and anti-tank missile systems, an official from Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Friday.
“Our Jordanian colleagues have shown interest in setting up domestic assembly of portable Kornet anti-tank missile systems and several types of helicopters,” said Mikhail Zavaly, head of the Rosoboronexport delegation at the Dubai Air Show 2013.
Russia’s Kornet-E system, produced for export, has a firing range of up to 5,500 meters (18,000 feet) and features semi-automatic laser-beam guidance with a thermal imaging site.
The system, armed with missiles using dual warheads with shaped charges, is highly effective against tanks with reactive or explosive armor. It could also be used effectively against fortified buildings and helicopters, according to the Tula-based KBP Instrument Design Bureau.
Jordan has already launched licensed production of Russian-designed RPG-32 portable rocket-propelled grenade launchers.
The plant, which manufactures RPG-32 Hashim launchers, is located about 20 kilometers northeast of Jordan’s capital, Amman. It has been built and equipped by the Jordanian side, whereas Russia’s Rosoboronexport is supplying components for the assembly of the grenade launchers and is overseeing the production process.