LWRC rifles to be license-produced in Jordan

Jane’s reports that Jordan arms manufacturer KADDB will be manufacturing the LWRC International 6.8mm PSD sub-carbine and under license for use by royal protection units.


The PSD is in the PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) class of weapons. It has a very short 8″ barrel. To compensate for the short barrel it is chambered in 6.8mm SPC. Bigger heavier bullets can achieve greater energy in short barrels. KADDB plan on producing the PSDs both with the sub-carbine barrel and a longer carbine barrel.

Regardless of how limited its deployment will be this must be one of the first if not the first, 6.8mm weapons to be officially adopted by a nations armed forces.

KADDB may also produce the AR-10 style LWRC International Rapid Engagement Precision Rifle (REPR).

[ Many thanks to Daniel E. Watters for the info ]

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  • snmp

    Jordan Army have buy many Taiwanese T65/86/91 Gas Piston AR for Royal Guards.

  • michael

    outstanding news but I’m not sure it’s the first. Isn’t the new Italian rifle also outfitted with the ability to change to 6.8? I have heard that the special police units will use the 6.8 barrels. Either way, good news for those of us who like the 6.8

  • thomas

    interesting. Sounds like good news for LWRCI. Does anyone know why a company would license its product as opposed to just exporting it? I am sure it has to do with taxes, but I am not sure.

    • Parabellum1975

      This is the only way for LWRC to be able to get the deal, Jordanian must want to get some technology transfer to increase their own manufacturing capabilities , same like most other military deals nowadays.

  • sadlerbw

    The real question is, where are they going to get the ammo from? I don’t know of any ComBlock suppliers of 6.8, and it is hard enough to get over here where most all of it is produced. I’d be curious to know if they actually plan on keeping it chambered in 6.8, or if they cut barrels for 5.45×39 or 7.62×39 instead. Just because they licensed the design doesn’t mean they are beholden to produce it exactly as LWRC does.

  • Sayeret Sapash

    I’ don’t beleive we have received the whole story here.
    Jordan is a dictatorship and the Royal Family defnitly needs well equipped guards.And the Royal Guards have a reputation of being hihgly trained.But, even oif there were 5,000 gurads would that justify opening a manufacturing plant and tranfer of technology?

    Same wiht the rights to manufacture the AR 10 type of rifle.
    Even iif being used for a DM how many will they need
    ? 5,000? That I doubt 5,000 units for full blwon designated snipers. nope1

    Abdulah should be spending his money on feeding and educatioing his impovrished country.

    Jordan no longer needs much of a Army.Israel will never attack Jordan.that is the last thing that Israel needs. Iraq isn’t gogin to war against anyone.IF Syria attacks Jordan ,Israel will stop it as they have done in the past, the only threat Jordan has is the threat fromwithin.

    Check with doubletapper.

  • jdun1911


    Either by law, by contract, or the company don’t want to deal with producing the product.

    In Jordan case it probably the law. The ability to produce the weapon in your country without the risk of sanctions or bad relation is of national interest.

    I rather license my products out rather than producing it myself as long as it meet my standard. For a lack of better phase “it is free money”.

    I don’t know why they made it with a 8″ barrel. Why not go 7″ like other AR. I prefer 10.5.

  • jdun1911

    Sayeret Sapash,

    No country can predict future wars. No country can rely on other country to protect them. Your best friend today, tomorrow your worst enemy.

    What Jordan need isn’t education. Higher education does not guarantee jobs. What Jordan needs is foreign investors to provide jobs.

    China went from one of the worst economy in the world to the third largest in 20 years because they figure out that foreign investment is good and not the BS they keep hearing.

  • Lance

    Seems piston ARs are the way of the future!

  • M. Zupcak

    LWRCi rifles are amazing. People can bitch about Piston vs. Direct Impingement all day long, and I still love DI AR-15s, but I defy anyone to find another AR-pattern rifle that can withstand the torture and number of rounds that the M6 series can. Maybe the HK416, but I’d still take an M6A2 over that. Question is, will the Jordanians be able to keep up with quality control measures the way LWRCi does?

  • Scott


    Jordan does not use Combloc weapons. The only countries in the Middle East that use them are Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Israel (or used them), Iraq, Iran, and Turkey.

    As the first poster said they use Taiwanese and other Western firearms for their military.

  • Aurelien

    “Does anyone know why a company would license its product as opposed to just exporting it? I am sure it has to do with taxes, but I am not sure.”

    I’ll say mainly production volume (LWRC is not that big of a company) and laws. Many countries dont issue weapons if they are not built locally. Thats true with pretty much every western country now.

  • jdun1911

    I doubt it.

    However Jordan do have a long history of buying piston AR15. So this wasn’t a surprise that they pick another piston AR.

  • Patrick

    Sayeret Sapash,

    Jordan is a monarchy, not a dictatorship. Like you said, there is a Royal Family. A dictator is an individual, i.e. a general or warlord, who grabs power through a revolution or coup d’etat with the backing of the military or rebel army (Think Julius Cesar or Fidel Castro). On the other hand a king receives power through hereditary means, i.e. from father to son (Think Henry VIII or Louie XIV). A dictator is a despot. A king is a monarch. It’s a big difference.

    Sorry off topic but I had to clear that up.

  • sadlerbw


    Thanks for the clarification, but I didn’t mean to imply they were running around with AK’s. I just meant that I don’t know of any big ammo manufacturers on their continent that are producing cheap, bulk 6.8 ammunition. The only large ammo manufacturers I know of supplying that area seem to be producing ComBlock calibers, or they are the US government, which is really sort of a 5.56 shop. Of course, I don’t know much about ammo manufacturing in that part of the world, so that doesn’t mean anything definitive. Does Jordan perhaps have a national ammunition factory? If they are licensing the gun to build themselves, then I suppose it could make sense that they are making their own ammunition as well.

  • snmp

    The Jordan Royal Guard have Taiwanese T65/86/91 Gas Piston AR in .223.

  • jaekelopterus

    It seems like an AR chambered in 7.62x39mm would have been a more sensible choice, if extra power is what they wanted. I seriously doubt whatever marginal improvments 6.8 makes over 5.56 or 7.62 are worth risking the inevitable supply problems.

    If the Jordanians want to experiment with a more powerful intermediate cartridge, .450 Bushmaster or a similar cartridge would be a more interesting choice.

    • Flounder

      The 6.8 has a fairly significant muzzle energy gain over the 7.62×39 and 5.56 in a normal carbine length barrel. I know that the first rifle has a really short barrel so i’m not sure how much of an improvement it will be. But i’m sure it’s an improvement over the other two.

      And the 6.8 actually works with standard 5.56 AR mags. I think. You might have to modify them very slightly but that’s what army armorers are for. And a 6.8 AR is better than a 7.62×39 AR. Which is probably the platform they want to stick to since they have all the extra parts they need to keep it running. Think about it. The conversion between 5.56 and 6.8 is only a barrel change. the carrier and the bolt is the same the lower is totally the same. etc

      Just my thoughts. or my 2 cents. 😀

      ps I doubt jordan will get into a big enough war to run out of ammo. But they could.

  • Guys, this is very common. A joint venture will eventually be formed whereby LWRCi forms a new company along with KADDB. LWRCi will control quality and configuration.

    I have met with King Abdullah II 4 times in the last 2 years. He was educated in America and the UK. High School in Virginia, College at Sandhurst and George Washington University. He is the best thing that ever happened to Jordan. He is bringing world class education and technology to Jordan. Jordan is a Constitutional Monarchy with a representative democratic government. The people of Jordan love him. The United States finds Jordan to be one of the best allies of the United States. Jordan does not have Oil or natural resources. The people are their best hope, and they are proving that to be true.

    The fact that Jordan does not have natural resources combined with King Abdullah II are two factors that are shaping Jordan to be the very picture of an Islamic country that contributes to peace, security and prosperity for its people.

    Mr. Sayeret Sapash really has no idea what he is talking about. But that is what the internet is all about. Giving everybody a voice, right or wrong.

    The Jordanians to a person, from regular folks, to the Government Officials I have met, and His Majesty are among the finest, hardest working, honest and hospitable people I have ever met. I am proud they are such a strong ally to the United States.

    LWRCI in Cambridge MD has significant production capacity. LWRCI, MATECH and MSI are commonly owned companies with over 250,000 square feet of Manufacturing space. Owned by the CEO Richard Bernstein who is responsible for creation of more than 2000 jobs in Maryland.

    • Darren, thanks for your comment. It is always nice to see employees of the company under discussion to share their thoughts.

  • Turkey has an ammunition industry [as in multiple companies]. If Jordan is really hurting for ammo, it can buy from Turkey.

    If you can reload at home, it stands to reason that Jordan can assemble its own ammo. Powder production is fairly basic and unchanged for several hundred years, and Jordan can easily keep up one local powder shop. Perhaps it needs to import the bullet and brass, but neither are insurmountable, high-tech ventures. Precision and quality, yes, but it’s more 70-80s-era precision rather than 2010-era precision. If Jordan has the political will to support an ammunition capability, it can easily make it so.

  • Gaston

    Darren of LWRCI has made at least one factual errors. King Abdullah II does have an American education, graduating from Deerfield Academy in Deerfield Mass and NOT Virginia as Darren of LWRCI alleges. This can be verified from multiple sources on the Internet.

    Jorden is one of the most progressive countries in the Middle East. Future success hinges on continued foreign investment and the growth of the educated middle class.

  • i am jordanian, and i love and respect king Abdullah-II more than any thing in the world, all the jordanians feel this way, about the new ammo for the new M6A2, it is not a problem because the KADDB is building in jordan a new ammunition factory (all types of ammunition from 9mm pistol ammo – to heavy 1200mm tank shells and 155mm artillery shells) so it is not a problem.

    About the royal guards (the most powerful and professional fighting force in the middle east), they are like an independent army, their numbers is more than 10,000+ soldiers, equipt with MP7, G-36C, Igla-S , Javelin , kornet-E…. i think they deserve a powerful weapon like the M6A2

    • yyy

      i disagree the Jordanian royal guards are not the most powerful fighting force in the middle east. do you remember June 1967? were were the royal guards then?