Jordan

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan gained independence in 1946. In 1948 Jordan declared war on the state of Israel following its declaration of independence, subsequently occupying the West Bank. Jordan fought Israel in 1967 during the Six Day War, where it lost the West Bank, and also participated in the Yom Kippur War against Israel six years later, in 1973. The country signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994. Recently, the country has faced challenges from a large influx of refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria, as well as from Iraq. Jordan currently allows U.S. and European forces to train members of the Syrian opposition within its borders. Internally, since the outbreak of the Arab Spring, the government has faced opposition from Islamist forces, leading to the replacement of several prime ministers along with promises of reform.

  • Population
    7,930,491
  • Fit for Service
    2,823,692
  • Military EXHD
    9.5% of GDP
  • GDP
    $31.21 Billion

Suicide Attack on Jordan Army Post Near Syria Border Kills 6

A car bomb struck a Jordanian military post near the border with Syria on Tuesday, leaving six dead and 14 wounded, in the second attack on the kingdom’s security forces this month. The bomb targeted a forward military post that offers help to Syrian refugees stuck in the no-man’s land separating the countries, the army […]

Middle East States Almost Double Small-Arms Imports

Middle East countries have nearly doubled their imports of guns and ammunition within a year, figures on the small-arms trade show, raising questions over how many of the weapons are fuelling conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Libya. The latest bulletin of the Small Arms Survey, sponsored by western governments and published on Monday, shows that […]

Lockheed Awarded $332 Million to Provide GMLRS Rocket Pods to Israel, Jordan, Others

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $331,760,390 foreign military sales, undefinitized contract (Israel, Finland, Jordan, Singapore) for Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) alternative warhead rocket pods (quantity: 290); unitary rocket pods (quantity: 34); and reduced range practice rocket pods (quantity: 529). Associated services required to complete the production effort […]

Only US To Join Annual Jordan War Games

Only Jordan and the United States are to take part in this year’s Eager Lion military exercise, commanders said on Sunday, compared with the 18 nations which participated last year. A total of 6,000 troops will undertake 10 days of maneuvers in the kingdom — 3,000 from each country and including special forces as well […]

Jordan to Buy US-Made TOW Missiles: Company

Jordan has signed a contract to buy TOW anti-tank missiles from US firm Raytheon, the company said in a statement issued Tuesday at the SOFEX arms fair for special forces. Raytheon said the contract was signed between the Jordanian army and the US defence department, without specifying the contract’s amount or the number of missiles […]

Jordan Proves Heavyweight in Fight Against ISIS

Tension lingers here in downtown Irbid months after Jordanian special forces, in carefully coordinated nighttime raids, swept through the city’s Palestinian refugee camp to arrest or kill members of what authorities claim was a sleeper cell associated with Daesh, the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group, or ISIS. For nearly 12 hours last March, […]

SOFEX To Kick Off in Jordan Amid Expanded Battle Against Islamic State

With war and insurgencies imperiling nation states throughout the Middle East and Africa, military commanders and government officials from around the world are convening May 9  here for the biennial Middle East Special Operations Commanders Conference (MESOC) and Special Operations Forces Exhibition (SOFEX). Under the patronage of Jordanian King Abdullah II and in collaboration with the […]

Covering the Bases: Reassessing U.S. Military Deployments in Turkey After the July 2016 Coup d’État

Download the full report here (PDF). The Republic of Turkey has been a reliable staging point for U.S. forces for more than six decades. Turkish bases have historically provided the U.S. military easy access to multiple theaters without having to build new infrastructure or forge new agreements. Today, American forces in Turkey are targeting the […]

The Saudi-led Coalition Is Not Ready to Fight the Islamic State

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited Saudi Arabia last week hoping to reassure nervous Gulf allies that American security commitments remain in force in the wake of last year’s Iran nuclear deal. In exchange, the White House was hoping to encourage the Gulf states to play a more active role in the […]

IDEX 2015: Middle East Arms Market Remains Strong

With the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) and an increasingly aggressive Iran, Gulf Arab states are spending billions to improve their defenses and better protect their energy infrastructure. Nowhere has this been more evident than last month’s International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi. The region’s largest defense exhibition attracted officials from […]

French Deployments in the Middle East and North Africa

France is conducting multiple operations against Islamist militant groups throughout the Middle East and North Africa. This map displays the largest French deployments underway in the region. View the full map here. Sahel As part of Operation Barkhane, the French have 3,000 troops deployed across the Sahel region. Their mission is assist the countries of Mauritania, Mali, […]

Category Name
QME

Active Armaments
On Order
Air Defense Systems 805* (200)

Aircraft 223 (41)

Artillery 677 (12)

Ground Vehicles 3,273 (1,021*)

Guided Munitions 4,013* (200*)

Personnel 165,500 (0)

Ships 8 (2)