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  • More than $1.3 billion will be spent in the new fiscal year to improve and upgrade the operations of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).
  • The money has been set aside in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the House of Representatives.
  • It will be shared among the Military Services, Air Wing, Coast Guard and Engineering Services.

More than $1.3 billion will be spent in the new fiscal year to  improve and upgrade the operations of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).

The money has been set aside in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the House of Representatives.

It will be shared among the Military Services, Air Wing, Coast Guard and Engineering Services.

Of the figure, the $872.4 million allocated to Military Services will be used to purchase vehicles and improve the mobility of the JDF; and the $139 million budgeted to the Air Wing will go towards the purchase and overhaul of aircrafts.

The $75 million allocated to the Engineering Services is to facilitate the commencement of construction of a Jetty at the HMJS Cagway, in Port Royal.

The remaining $308 million will be used for construction and improvement works.