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US delivers 12 Black Hawks to JAF

Posted 31 January 2018 · Add Comment

On Sunday, 28 January, the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) officially received the final shipment of new Black Hawk helicopters from the United States, bringing the total to 12 aircraft received over the last nine months.



Above: The United States have completed the delivery of 12 new-build Blackhawk helicopters to the Jordanian armed forces, funded and delivered over the past nine months by a Congressional appropriation of $470 million.
US Embassy photo


His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Hussein presided over the commemoration of the Black Hawks, with Chargé d’Affaires of US Embassy Amman Henry Wooster and General Joseph Votel, Commander of the US Central Command, representing the United States.

The ceremony included a flyover of the new Black Hawks and remarks by Airlift Wing Commander Brigadier General Jaber Al-Abbadi and Chargé Wooster.

The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) and the QRF conducted a live fire and infiltration demo featuring the Black Hawk’s capabilities. The helicopters have been acquired to strengthen the JAF, its Quick Reaction Force (QRF) and Jordan’s security.

“The United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan have a historic and enduring relationship, built on shared values and shared interests. Our military partnership epitomizes our mutual goals for a secure and stable region. Today’s ceremony marks the beginning of a new JAF capability in the form of a state-of-the-art UH-60 Black Hawk fleet,” said Chargé Wooster at the ceremony.

The United States delivered the first installment of the 12 Black Hawks in March 2017 and the final installment in December 2017, a delivery completed in unprecedented speed for this number of aircraft.

As a sign of the strong strategic partnership between the United States and Jordan, the US Congress appropriated $470 million in 2017 to the JAF and RJAF, including training for pilots, crew chiefs, and maintenance technicians, as well as spare parts, ground equipment, weapons, ammunition and shelters for the Black Hawks.

The United States is supporting the JAF’s efforts to protect Jordan’s borders, counter terrorism, assist in civil defence operations and defeat ISIS through the international coalition.

 

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