Many members of the Jordanian Armed Forces, except SpecOps/QRF and the Royal Guard, now wear M2019 digital camouflage pattern instead of KA2, reports Bob Morrison.
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, like Canada and the United States, was one of the first nations to outfit its armed forces with the new digital/pixel camouflage patterns that were fashionable in the early part of the first decade. of the new millennium. To learn more about past Jordanian camouflage patterns, see the links at the bottom of this page.
During SOFEX 2022, held in Aqaba in early November, and this year’s annual Warriors competition, which took place at KASOTC on the outskirts of Amman in early June, the bulk of the Jordanian personnel who wore the combat uniform (many wore service dress instead) belonged to special operations or homeland security formations, rather than the traditional military, and were therefore dressed in their own specialized camouflage patterns. However, there were a few SOFEX personnel dressed in the new M2019 JAF (Jordanian Armed Forces) four-color camouflage pattern, including some RJAF (Royal Jordanian Air Force) helicopter crews. None of the few enlisted army personnel wearing the new uniform at the show I tried to photograph was fluent in English, and my fluency in Arabic is minimal, but, predictably , the RJAF officers present were fluent in my native language and one of the Black Hawk pilots kindly allowed me to photograph his uniform.
Although this new M2019 Jordan pattern, which replaced KA2 Desert Digital, looks a bit like the Arid Region (AR) tri-color version of the original late 1990s tempered/pixelated digital four-color pattern, Canadian Pattern or CADPAT, or even the more recent Royal Saudi Land Forces four-color desert model, it does not appear to use the same shapes as either. The JAF M2019 color scheme is also quite different and although it has similarities to the shades used for the UAE M16 pattern, the proportions are entirely different with the UAE design being much more sparse. I find it really interesting how camouflage designers can produce individual patterns that are essentially similar enough to suit regional field conditions while still managing to make them different enough to create national identities, but I digress.
Jordanian army personnel wearing M2019 camouflage uniforms may spend more time in both direct sunlight and very dusty conditions than airmen, but at first I I actually thought there might be two different versions of this new camouflage as the ‘khaki’ shade used in Air Force uniforms seemed to me much more verdant. However, having later had the opportunity to photograph a brand new uniform on a mannequin at the stand of a Jordanian clothing supplier, albeit in artificial rather than natural light conditions, I am beginning to wonder if the quality of the fabric on which the camouflage is printed could also play a role. Unfortunately I was unable to examine, much less photograph, the soldier’s, pilot’s and mannequin’s uniforms side by side under the same lighting.
Finally, although I have not yet had the opportunity to see or photograph the M2019 boss in the field, I was able to obtain some photos taken by American military photographers covering the JOEP (Jordan Operational Engagement Program) of the US Army on training areas and have included a few to try to show this camouflage in context. At this time, I have no firm plans to visit the Hashemite Kingdom again before mid-2024…but I am working on it.
For more information on other Jordanian camouflage patterns, see:-
[images © Bob Morrison or courtesy of named US Army photographers]