A GIBRALTAR car dealer is to play a key role in the global battle against drug trafficking after landing a lucrative contract with the US Government.
Africa Automotive Distribution Services (AADS) will supply a fleet of specially designed Jeeps to combat drug cartels in Central and South America.
It is hoped the deal – estimated to be worth around nine million pounds in the first year alone – will help increase Gibraltar’s presence worldwide.
“This is the kind of international exposure that portrays a positive image for Gibraltar abroad,” said AADS manager George Bassadone Jr.
“It will help to put Gibraltar on the map on a global scale.”
A senior US military spokesman confirmed the equipment would form ‘an essential element of our land strategy in Central America’.
The company is a subsidiary of Bassadone Automotive Group, best known for supplying 4x4s to the UN as well as humanitarian and NGO groups around the world.