jordan al quwwat al-jawwiya al-malakiya al-urduniya

RJAF - Royal Jordanian Air Force


al quwwat al-jawwiya al-malakiya al-urduniya Royal Jordanian Air Force

From its formation in 1920, Jordan relied on the British for air support - the first of which was supplied in Aug 1917 by a Royal Flying Corps bombing mission. Air Force operations began in 1949 with a Communications Flight, as a component of the Arab Legion Air Force. Initialy depended on the RAF and the Arab Legion for personnel. A combat capabilty role was added in 1955 to that of close ground support, air defence and airlift. In Sep 1955 the ALAF was renamed Royal Jordanian Air Force and by Jun 1957, the ex-British bases of Amman (OJAM) and Mafraq (OJMF) were handed over to the RJAF. Widgeon and Whirlwinds were added to the transport fleet from around 1958. The 1967 war with Israel destroyed a significant amount of Air Force equipment. From 1974, much of the training previously conducted abroad was performed in Jordan. An Attack Helicopter Wing was formed in 1986 using the AH-1F Cobra. In 1988, the Public Security arm added German BO-105 helicopters, to be flown by RJAF pilots in a policing role. By 1987, the Air Lift Wing's Alouette IIIs were replaced by the Super Puma. In 1988, 4 helicopter squadrons were formed as part of an Air Force reorganization. ex US Army UH-1Hs were delivered by Autumn 1994 and S-76s have also now been replaced by S-70 Black Hawks.


British Army in Jordan, 24-Feb-19 : #OliveGrove British Army’ 2 PARA troops, part of 16 Air Assault Brigade, in 4-weeks long exercise Olive Grove in Jordan

HSC-84 in Eager Lion 2015 at Jordan, 15-May-15 : US Navy HH-60H Rescue Hawk helicopters from Reserve Special Ops squadron HSC-84 participated with Task Force Oryx of Exercise Eager Lion 2015 in Jordan

VIP UH-60M Black Hawk for Jordan, 05-May-15 : U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered required certification notifying Congress of possible sale of 1 UH-60M Black Hawk in VIP configuration to Jordan for an estimated cost of $21M

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  Robinson R44 Raven II2014
  AW AW1392010
  Schiebel Camcopter S-10022010
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  EC EC635T2132003
  Bell 20519972005
  SNIA AS332 Super Puma111994
  Bell 209 AH-1 Cobra1985
  Hughes 369 / 500 / H-61981
  Sikorsky S-761719801993
  SNIA Alouette III1619651988
  Westland Widgeon119581966
  Sikorsky S-70 H-60

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