Jordan gets more US Black Hawks to bolster defenses

Jordan gets more US Black Hawks to bolster defenses
A member of Jordan's armed forces opens the door to a Black Hawk helicopter at a Jordanian military base near the town of Zarqa, Jordan, on Jan. 28, 2018. (AP)
Updated 29 January 2018

Jordan gets more US Black Hawks to bolster defenses

Jordan gets more US Black Hawks to bolster defenses

ZARQA: The US delivered another two Black Hawk helicopters to Jordan on Sunday to help protect the kingdom’s borders and counter the threat from jihadists.
The helicopters were handed over at the King Abdullah II Air Base in northeast Jordan.
They were the last batch of 12 Black Hawks delivered to Jordan since March 2017.
An American embassy statement said the aircraft “will strengthen the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF), its Quick Reaction Force and Jordan’s security.”
“The United States is committed to supporting the JAF’s efforts to protect Jordan’s borders, counter-terrorism, assist in civil defense operations, and defeat ISIS (Daesh) through the international coalition,” it said.
Jordan is a key recipient of American financial aid and a partner in the US-led coalition battling Daesh in Syria and Iraq.
“The United States and the Kingdom of Jordan have a historic and enduring relationship, built on shared values and shared interests,” said Henry Wooster, US embassy charge d’affaires .
“Our military partnership epitomises 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.”
Black Hawks overflew the base while the Jordanian armed forces conducted a live fire and infiltration demonstration.
Last year, the US allocated $470 million to Jordan’s army and air force, the American embassy said.

This included pilot and maintenance training, spares, ground equipment, weapons, ammunition and shelters for the Black Hawks, it added.
Three years ago, Washington said it would increase overall US assistance to Jordan from $660 million to $1 billion annually for between 2015 and 2017.
Planning Minister Imad Al-Fakhoury said in December that US economic aid to Jordan in 2017 was around $812 million.