Current Order of Battle
Royal Jordanian Air Force

 

Squadron Type Base
1 Squadron F-16AM/BM El Azraq
2 Squadron F-16A/B El Azraq
3 Squadron C-130H, C-295 Amman-Marka IAP
4 Squadron T.67M Firefly Al Mafraq
5 Squadron Hughes 500D, AS.350B Al Mafraq
6 Squadron F-16A/B El Azraq
7 Squadron AS.332M Super Puma Amman-Marka IAP
8 Squadron UH-1H, Bell 212 Amman-Marka IAP
9 Squadron F-5E/F Al Jafr
10 Squadron AH-1S Zarqa
11 Squadron CASA C-101 Al Mafraq
12 Squadron AH-1S Zarqa
14 Squadron EC 635, Hughes 500E, SA-2-37 Amman-Marka IAP
17 Squadron F-5E/F H5
25 Squadron Hughes 500E ?
Special Operations Aviation Brigade UH-60L, Hughes 500E, An-32 Amman-Marka IAP

Current Aircraft Inventory
Royal Jordanian Air Force

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aerospatiale AS 350B3 Ecureuil 7 7 0 Utility Transport
Aerospatiale AS 332M Super Puma 11 10 0 Transport
Air Tractor AT-802 6 6 0 Attack
Bell AH-1F/-1S Cobra 33 32 0 Anti-Armour
Bell UH-1H 37 37 0 Utility Transport
CASA C-101CC Aviojet 16 10 0 Trainer
CASA C-212 Aviocar 1 1 0 Transport
CASA AC235 2 2 0 Gunship
CASA C-295 2 2 0 Transport
Cessna 208 6 6 0 Transport
Eurocopter EC 635T1 13 9 0 Utility Transport
Hughes 500D 8 4 0 Trainer
Lockheed C-130E Hercules 3 3 0 Transport
Lockheed C-130H Hercules 5 4 0 Transport
Lockheed Martin F-16A/AM 41 32 15 Interception/Attack/Recce
Lockheed Martin F-16B/BM 19 14 0 Trainer
MD Helicopters MD530/AH-6i 7 7 18 Attack
Northrop F-5E Tiger II 61 29 0 Fighter
Northrop F-5F Tiger II 13 8 0 Trainer
Robinson R44 0 0 8 Trainer
Sikorsky S-70/UH-60L Black Hawk 10 10 0 SAR
Slingsby T67M-260 Firefly 16 15 0 Trainer

All-Time Aircraft Used List
Royal Jordanian Air Force

 

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS332M Super Puma 12 1987 current France
Aerospatiale AS350B3 Ecureuil 3 2005 current UAEAF
Aerospatiale SA342 Gazelle 8 1988 1997 France
Airspeed Ambassador 3 1959 1963 UK
Antonov An-12BP Cub 3 1981 1984 Iraq
Antonov An-32 Cline 1 2007 current Ukraine
Auster AOP.5 2 1949? 19?? UK
Auster AOP.6 5 1950 1971 UK
Auster AOP.7 2 1950 1967 UK
Auster J1 Autocrat 2 1949 1971 UK
Auster J/5F Aiglet Trainer 2 1950? 1966 UK
Beech E50 Twin Bonanza 1 1958 1972 USA
Bell 212 6 2003 current IDF/AF
Bell AH-1F/S Cobra 9/24 1985 current USA
Bell UH-1H Iroquois 35 1994 current US Army
Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander 1 1980 2000 UK
CASA C-101CC Aviojet 16 1987 current Spain
CASA C.212A Aviocar 6 1975 2002 Spain
CASA CN.235 2 1999 2005 Turkey
CASA C-295 2 2003 current Spain
Cessna T-37B 18 1975 1988 USA
Dassault Falcon 20E 1 1972 1975 France
Dassault Falcon 50 2 1981 1997 France
Dassault Mirage F.1BJ 2 1982 current France/Spain
Dassault Mirage F.1CJ 17 1981 current France
Dassault Mirage F.1DJ 2 2006 current France
Dassault Mirage F.1EJ 17 1981 current France
de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth 2 1949 1956 UK
de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide 2 1949 1957 UK
de Havilland Dove 3 1952 1995 UK
de Havilland Heron 2D 2 1959 1965 UK
de Havilland Vampire FB.9 10 1955 1967 UK
de Havilland Vampire FB.52 7 1956 1967 UK
de Havilland Vampire T.11 3 1955 1972 UK
De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 8 1952 1976 UK
Douglas C-47 Dakota 2 1966 1977 UK
Eurocopter EC 635T1 13 2003 current Germany
Fairchild C-119K Flying Boxcar 4 1972 1976 USA
FFA AS.202 Bravo ? 1983 1988 Germany?
Handley Page Herald 2 1963 1963 UK
Handley Page Marathon 1A 1 1954 1956 UK
Hawker Hunter F.6 25 1959 1975 UK
Hawker Hunter FR.10 3 1961 1967 UK
Hawker Hunter F.60 4 1967 19?? UK
Hawker Hunter T.66/66A/B/C 6 1959 1975 UK
Hawker Hunter T.70 2 1967 1972? UK
Hawker Hunter FGA.73/73A/73B 26 1968 1975 UK
Helipolis Gomhuria (Bu 181) 3 1952 1966 Egypt
Hughes 500D 8 1980 current USA
Hughes 500E 9 2005 current USA
Ilyushin Il-76MF 2* Russia
Kamov Ka-226 Hoodlum 6* local
Lockheed C-130B Hercules 4 1972 2003 USA
Lockheed C-130H Hercules 5 1978 current USA
Lockheed F-104A Starfighter 36 1969 1977 Taiwan
Lockheed F-104B Starfighter 4 1969 1977 Taiwan
Lockheed Martin F-16A/AM 41 1997 current Belgium/Netherlands/USA
Lockheed Martin F-16B/BM 19 1997 current Belgium/Netherlands/USA
MBB BK 117B-2? 1 19?? 1992 Germany
MKEK 4 Ugur 3 1954 1957 Turkey
North American T-6 Texan/Harvard 10 1956 1974 UK
North American 75A Sabreliner 2 1978 1980 USA
Northrop F-5A 33 1974 1995 USA/Iran
Northrop F-5B 12 1974 1995 USA/Iran
Northrop F-5E Tiger II 61 1975 current USA
Northrop F-5F Tiger II 13 1975 current USA
Percival Proctor 4 1949 1956 UK
Seabird Seeker SB7L-360A 6 2006 current local
Schweizer SA-2-37 2 2000 current USA
Scottish Aviation Bulldog srs. 125 25 1974 2003 UK
Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawk 8 2007 current USA
Sikorsky S-76A 15 1980 1993 USA
Sikorsky S-76B 2 1986 1991 USA
Slingsby T67M20 Firefly 16 2002 current UK
Sud Aviation Alouette III 16 1965 1988 France
Vickers Varsity 1 1956 1958 UK
Vickers Viking 1B 1 1953 1956 UK
Westland Scout AH.1 3 1963 1984 UK
Westland Whirlwind Srs 2 3 1960 1976 UK
Westland Widgeon 1 1958 1966+ UK

* = on order
# = on delivery

Additional information is welcome

National Markings
Royal Jordanian Air Force

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Royal Jordanian Air Force since its formation:



  
Main MarkingFin Flash

1949-present
The main marking is displayed in 6 positions (i.e. above and below each wing, and on each side of the fuselage) on aircraft – but on the fuselage sides only on helicopters. The fin flash is displayed on the tailfin. Aircraft do not carry service titles.

Aircraft Not Used
Royal Jordanian Air Force

This page gives details of some of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the Royal Jordanian Air Force but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

MBB BK-117
Three BK-117s are reported to have been in RJAF service.

Piper PA-28 Cherokee
The Cherokees were actually operated by the Royal Jordanian Air Academy, not the Air Force.

Piper PA-34 Seneca
The Senecas were actually operated by the Royal Jordanian Air Academy, not the Air Force.

Short Sealand
Six(!) of the 25 Sealands built in total are sometimes reported to have been used by the RJAF.

Royal Jordanian Air Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

In 1923, after taking over the League of Nations mandate for Transjordan, the British established a military security force manned by local Arabs called the Arabs Legion. This force fought very successfully in World War Two. After the Israeli War of Independence, a small air unit called the Arab Legion Air Force (ALAF) was established in 1949 – largely manned by British personnel. In 1950 the training of Arab personnel began. The ALAF soon expanded and in 1955 received its first jet aircraft. In September 1955 the ALAF was renamed the Royal Jordanian Air Force.

Key Dates

22 October 1923    Arab Legion established
1949    Arab Legion Air Force first formed
1955    First jet aircraft delivered – Vampire T.11
25 September 1955    Arab Legion Air Force renamed the Royal Jordanian Air Force
1958    First helicopters received – Westland Widgeon

Current Status

To be added.

Future Plans

Take delivery of 2 Ilyushin Il-76MF freighters.
A batch of six locally assembled Kamov Ka-226 helicopters is on order.

Markings

National Insignia

Current — Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Jordanian military serial numbering system consists of a three or four digit mumber, e.g. 840 for a Hunter FGA.73A and 314 for an Alouette III. Serials are not reused once a type has been retired.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Amman.

Organisational Structure

The RJAF is organised into two commands, Operations Command for combat, transport and reconnaissance units and Training Command for primary and basic flying training. There is also a Special Operations Aviation Brigade, which appears to operate independently of the normal command structure.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

List of Historical Orders of Battle – to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main air bases currently used are Al Jafr, Al Mafraq, Amman-Marka IAP, El Azraq, H5 and Zarqa.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

In addition to the main bases, here are also a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Air Force.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information

Books

Jordanian Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.

Magazines

To be added.

Websites

Official Jordanian Air Force webpage

wikipedia: Jordanian Air Force

Scramble: Jordanian Air Force

PlanePictures.net

Airliners.net

Air-Britain Photos: Jordanian Air Force

Facebook: Royal Jordanian Air Force

The Royal Jordanian Airforce