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

China May Be Selling Armed Drones to Jordan

Jordan, one of America’s partners in the fight against the Islamic State, is reaching out to China to acquire armed drones — at least according to Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. “I am now aware that China is presently in Jordan to discuss operations, logistics and maintenance associated with the urgent sale of weaponized unmanned systems,” […]

Arab Chiefs To Meet on Libya Intervention

An unpublicized meeting by Arab chiefs of staff will take place in Cairo on May 18 to coordinate plans for a Libyan intervention, an Arab League source revealed. France and Italy may also play a role, the source said. The meeting, which will include high-ranking military personnel from Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab […]

State Department Approves $21 Million Sale of One UH-60M Helicopter to Jordan

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Jordan for a UH-60M VIP Blackhawk helicopter and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $21 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Jordan […]

Raytheon Awarded $9 Million to Procure TOW Missiles for the Royal Jordanian Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $9,168,750 modification (P00030) to foreign military sales contract W31P4Q-12-C-0265 to procure tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided (TOW) missiles for the Marine Corps and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. Fiscal 2010, 2014, and2015 other procurement and other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $10,837,500 were obligated at the time […]

Jordan Military Plane Crash Kills Pilot, Trainee

A Jordanian pilot and an Iraqi trainee were killed when a light training aircraft crashed during a routine military excercise on Monday, the Jordanian army said. A T67 “Firefly aircraft crashed Monday morning, killing a Jordanian lieutenant colonel and his Iraqi trainee, during a routine training excercise” said Colonel Mamdouh al-Amiri, spokesman for the Jordanian […]

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)