Air Force History 2000s

The RJAF plan to overhaul its fighter fleet began in 1997 and 1998 when they received a number of F16 aircraft. Before delivery the aircraft had structural and engine upgrades.

Joint exercises between the RJAF and the USAF took place at the MSAB, Azraq the previous summer to train the RJAF pilots and a number of pilots and technicians went to the USA for further training. Further deliveries of the F16 were received in 2003.

In January 2004 a contract was signed between Jordan and Lockheed Martin for the update of the 17 F16s. Twelve aircraft will be upgraded by Turkish Aerospace Industries and five in Jordan.

The RJAF added the EC635T1 Eurocopters to their inventories in 2003 to bolster its border surveillance. Two Casa 295 tactical transport aircraft were delivered in 2003.

The RJAF are supporting the fledgling Iraqi Air Force with aircraft and training.

In May 2004 Iraqi airmen graduated from helicopter flight training.

November 2004 saw a deal announced in which Jordan would receive up to 50 AIM-120C missiles and associated equipment.

Northrop Grumman Corporation will update Jordan’s national command, control, communications, computer and intelligence networks with state-of-the-art systems in a five year programme. 

This will give the RJAF one of the most modern air defence systems available.

In 2005 AMS UK started the upgrade of the S711 and S511 radar systems.