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

U.S. Mideast Allies Seek to Work With Russia in Syria

Russia’s stepped-up military operations in Syria are splitting Washington’s Middle East allies, with some countries beginning to see a need to work with the Kremlin as it fortifies President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, according to Arab, Israeli and U.S. officials. The shift is further scrambling an already complex diplomatic landscape, with vital U.S. allies taking sharply […]

Jordan Receives 3 Blackhawks From US

Jordan has received three Blackhawk helicopters from the US out of eight allocated for the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF), Government Spokesperson Mohammad Momani said Wednesday. In a statement to The Jordan Times, he commended the “ongoing” military cooperation between Jordan and the US, describing the delivery of the helicopters as a “reflection of the […]

Israel Hints at Air Force Cooperation with Jordan, Egypt

Israeli fighter pilots recently trained with Arab counterparts in the United States, Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Tuesday, referring to a joint exercise that a U.S. official described as involving Jordanian planes. The remarks by Yaalon followed Israel’s disclosure that its air force helped locate a Russian passenger plane that crashed in the Egyptian […]

Obama Admin Emphasizes Jordanian Support

As a top Jordanian official visits Washington this week, the Obama administration is doing its best to remind Congress of the military support it has given to the longtime regional ally. The visit of Prince Faisal bin Hussein to DC this week also comes while Jordan appears to be aligning itself more closely with Russia. […]

Raytheon Awarded $18.6 Million to Expand Border Security Work In Kingdom of Jordan

Raytheon Company has been awarded an additional $18.6 million contract from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to help the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (GoHKJ) secure its borders with Syria. The award is for increment three of DTRA’s Jordan Border Security Project (JBSP). Raytheon previously announced the completion of Phase 2 and 3 (Jordan/Syria […]

Jordan to Receive Additional AT-802 ISR Turboprops Earmarked for Yemen

Jordan will receive four Air Tractor/L-3 Communications AT-802 intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) turboprops that were originally slated for delivery to Yemen, IHS Jane’s has learned. The aircraft, which will be delivered in an unarmed ISR configuration, are the subject of a USD9.78 million contract awarded to L-3 Communications by the US Department of Defense […]

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)