Jordan on 3 March took delivery of the last of eight Sikorsky (Lockheed Martin) Black hawk medium transport helicopters. They are tools for the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) in securing Jordan’s borders against Daesh forces in neighbouring Syria and Iraq, both Jordan and US officials said during the handover ceremony at Marka airbase in Amman.
The US cofunded the helicopters and sees them as vital assets against possible insurgents in Jordan. The country is host to Western military aircraft taking parting part in missions over Syria and Iraq.
The handover also marked six decades of relations between the US and Jordan. According to sources, eight more Black Hawks should arrive in 2017 against a cost of 200 million USD. Together, the helicopters operate as a Quick Reaction Force for border security.
© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: Some of the Black Hawks at Marka airbase. (Image © RJAF)