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
  • Fit for Service
  • Military EXHD
    9.5% of GDP
  • GDP
    $31.21 Billion

L-3 Communications Awarded $9.7 Million for ISR Aircraft for the Royal Jordanian Air Force

L-3 Communications, Platform Integration Division, Waco, Texas, has been awarded a $9,782,108 undefinitized contract action for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft and training to the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF). Contractor will provide the delivery/ferry of four ISR aircraft; RJAF pilot, maintainer and mission system training; and field service representative support in support of […]

Oshkosh Defense Awarded $22 Million to Provide Medium Tactical Vehicles to Jordan, Tunisia, Others

Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $21,774,963 modification (000819) to foreign military sales contract W56HZV-09-D-0159 (Djibouti, Jordan, Kenya, Tunisia, Uganda,  Ethiopia)  for an additional 84 Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles and 59 B-kits (supplemental armor) with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2017.  Funding and work location will be determined with each […]

Raytheon and Lockheed Awarded $42 Million to Provide Javelin Missiles to Jordan and Estonia

Raytheon, Lockheed Martin Javelin JV, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $41,566,755 modification (P00029) to foreign military sales contract W31P4Q-13-C-0129 (Jordan, Estonia) for Javelin Block 1 tactical rounds (quantity 354), tripods (quantity 36), and golden units (quantity 1).  Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2023.  Fiscal 2015 […]

Dillon Aero Awarded $41.5 Million to Provide Minigun Parts and Training to Qatar, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Others

Dillon Aero Inc.,* Scottsdale, Arizona, was awarded a $41,500,000 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract (Mexico, Chile, Peru, Philippines, Brazil, Japan, Australia, Macedonia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Tunisia, Kenya) for M134D and M134D-H Minigun spare parts and training. Work will be performed in Scottsdale, Arizona, with a completion date of Aug. 17, 2018.  […]

Jordan Air Force Buys Nine Pilatus Trainer Planes

The Jordanian airforce will buy nine Pilatus training aircraft for fighter jet pilots, the Swiss company said Monday, without divulging the price tag on the deal. The deal for the nine PC-9 M two-seater planes also includes a simulator, training equipment and logistics support, Pilatus Aircraft said in a statement. The Swiss company said it […]

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

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)