Jordan - Country Commercial Guide
Defense and Security

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2021-10-25

Market Overview

Jordan is in a region often characterized by volatility and instability, making national security a priority.  The country shares borders with Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Israel and the West Bank. Jordan’s stability is a priority for the United States, which has provided Jordan with assistance since the late 1960s. In 2018, the United States and Jordan entered a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that includes over $6 billion in bilateral foreign assistance to Jordan over a five-year period.  In 2020, the United States provided more than $425 million in State Department Foreign Military Financing funds as part of a $1.5 billion bilateral assistance package.  The U.S. military assistance program is designed to meet Jordan’s defense needs to support border integrity and regional stability through provision of materiel and training.

Jordan’s defense market is relatively small. Primary end users include the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF), Civil Defense, Public Security Directorate (PSD), Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) and General Intelligence Department (GID).  Responsibility of securing Jordan’s national security lies with the JAF, GID, and the Ministry of Interior, which supervises the Public Security Directorate (PSD) including Gendarmerie, and the Civil Defense. These entities seek to acquire the latest equipment and technologies to provide the highest level of security, whether for protecting the country from terrorism, securing Jordan’s borders, or maintaining internal and external stability. Although most equipment is imported, there is an increasing amount of security equipment and devices either assembled or produced domestically through Jordan Design and Development Bureau (JODDB)

Safety and Security. The safety and security market is valued at more than $80 million, of which U.S. companies hold a 40 to 60 percent market share, with competition from Europe and Asia.  Demand for safety and security equipment comes from three main sectors: banking, residential and commercial construction, and tourism (hotels and resorts).  There is a strong demand for the import of security equipment to meet the government’s security requirements. A new and fast-growing subsector in the safety and security sector is cybersecurity. With advanced technologies being used over a wide range of applications, providing security for their use is becoming increasingly necessary for both the public and the private sectors.  Jordan will host its first AI Defense Technology and Cyber Security Exhibition and Conference AIDTSEC on October 27, 2021 at King Hussein bin Talal Convention Center – Dead Sea, Jordan. This exhibition is held under the Royal Patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Hussein Bin Abdullah.

Jordan also hosts the Special Operations Forces Exhibition & Conference (SOFEX) biennially. This defense trade exhibition is held under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II, the Chairmanship of His Royal Highness Prince Feisal Bin Al Hussein and with the full support of the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF). The exhibition attracts exhibitors and national pavilions from around the world to showcase new and innovative solutions.  The next SOFEX will be in the King Hussein Airport - Aqaba, Jordan, October 31 – November 3, 2022. U.S. companies interested in exhibiting or attending should contact the U.S. Commercial Service office at the U.S. Embassy in Amman.

Leading Sub-Sectors

Local market demand is driven by the commercial sector and the following segments:

1. Safety and Property Security Systems (infrastructure security):

  • CCTV and access controls
  • Fire protection systems and alarms
  • Fire and smoke detection
  • Passive fire protection products
  • Fireproofing
  • Automatic fire sprinkler
  • Fire suppression, including water and chemical extinguishing
  • Safety headgear
  • Bomb and metal detectors
  • X-ray and handheld scanners

2. Theft/Intrusion:

  • Intrusion, robbery, and burglary systems
  • Burglar and motion alarms
  • Vehicle anti-theft and tracking
  • Electronic and video surveillance (CCTV, GPS, IP network)
  • Alarm signaling equipment
  • Safes and vaults

3. Public Safety:

  • Detection instrumentation
  • Electrical signaling for safety and traffic control (e.g., roads, parking facilities, port installations and airfields).

4. Defense:

  • Border control surveillance equipment
  • Cybersecurity command and control centers
  • Telecommunication equipment
  • Military vehicles
  • Tactical equipment
  • Artillery

Opportunities

Jordanian authorities often favor American firms since Jordanian Armed Forces receive substantial aid from the U.S. Government under the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) Program which requires equipment and solutions be purchased from U.S. vendors. Currently, the United States has $5.3 billion in active government-to-government sales cases with Jordan under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) system.

Recent and significant FMS notifications to Congress include: F-16 Air Combat Training Center; UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter and related equipment; 700 Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems; F-16 weapons, munitions, ground vehicles, jet engines, and logistics support; High-Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS); Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS), and other multiple rocket launch systems; 37 Meter Coastal Patrol Boats; as well as AMRAAM air-to-air and Javelin anti-tank missiles.

There are several commercial and residential projects underway in Jordan, which require security equipment. Major projects include: Marsa Zayed Aqaba port and resort project ($10 billion); and Saraya Aqaba Jordan resort ($1 billion). These specific projects all require advanced safety and security equipment, in addition to continuous demand from banks, hospitals, hotels and universities.  In terms of government opportunities, projects associated with border security, traffic control, forensic laboratories, and emergency and disaster command centers, also present opportunities for U.S. manufacturers and suppliers in the sector.

Resources

  • General Directorate of Civil Defense
  • Ministry of Interior
  • Public Security Directorate
  • General Intelligence Department
  • Government Tenders Directorate (GTD)
  • Jordan Design and Development Bureau
  • Special Operations Forces Exhibition & Conference
  • AIDTSEC (AI Defense Technology and Cyber Security Exhibition and Conference)

For additional information, please contact U.S Commercial Service - Jordan at office.amman@trade.gov