UK MoD to donate military equipment to Jordan to counter ISIL


Penny Mordaunt

The UK Government has outlined its plan to supply military equipment to the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) to help them counter emergent threats on their borders.

Scheduled to be gifted by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) as part of its contribution to developing the JAF Quick Reaction Force (QRF), the £2.5m package comprises a range of non-lethal equipment including transport vehicles, body armour, communications and IT equipment.

The package aims to develop Jordan's first, fully-deployable command and control capability, which will allow the country to deploy units to its borders to counter the threat from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

UK Armed Forces Minister Penny Mordaunt said: "The spread of extremism and terrorism in the Middle-East represents a threat to us all and Jordan is on the front line.

"I've seen first-hand how vital UK support is helping the Jordanian Armed Forces secure their borders from organisations, such as ISIL.

"The spread of extremism and terrorism in the Middle-East represents a threat to us all and Jordan is on the front line."

"We are committed to the security of the Middle East and will continue to look at ways we can bolster our allies to build a more secure future for the region."

The QRF is a UK-led multinational initiative designed to deploy approximately 500 personnel at speed, to counter ISIL and extremist threats at Jordan's borders.

The country is currently playing a key-role in the global anti-ISIL coalition, which is supporting the Iraqi Government.

Shipment of the equipment is anticipated to begin soon after the completion of the departmental minute process.

Britain already provides a full-spectrum of military assistance to Jordan, from training courses in the UK and the deployment of short-term training teams in Jordan to a number of major exercises each year and an enduring programme of capacity building.


Image: UK Armed Forces Minister Penny Mordaunt visited the QRF project during her visit to Jordan. Photo: courtesy of Ministry of Defence / © Crown.