The U.S. has supplied Sikorsky-built Black Hawk helicopters to Jordan in support of efforts to reinforce border defenses and conduct cross-border operations against Islamic State militant group forces, Reuters reported Monday.
The report noted the military aid to Jordan aims to help boost the country’s military capacities in support of a larger regional strategy.
The helicopters supported a mock hostage rescue during a handover ceremony which was attended by military leaders from Jordan and the U.S.
Congress obligated approximately $470 million in fiscal year 2017 to Jordan’s army to acquire hangers, weapons, spare parts and pilot training for 12 UH-60 Black Hawks, noted Henry Wooster, officer in charge at the U.S. Embassy in Jordan.
“Jordan is currently working with the U.S. to enhance our capabilities in the military, especially the air force,” said Brig. Gen. Jaber al-Abbadi, Jordan’s air force commander.