U.S. grants three C-130 cargo aircraft to Jordan
December 19, 2011
Amman – In a ceremony today attended by U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Stuart Jones, HRH Prince Lt. Gen. Faisal bin Al Hussein, Chairman of the Jordanian Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Me’shal Zaben, and Commander of the Royal Jordanian Air Force Maj. Gen. Malek Habashneh, the United States handed over two C-130E cargo aircraft to the Royal Jordanian Air Force. A third C-130E is scheduled to arrive to Jordan in the spring of 2012 to be handed over at that time.
The two C-130 aircraft arrived at the headquarters of the Royal Jordanian Air Force at Marka Air Base in Amman on Dec. 17, jointly crewed by members of the Royal Jordanian Air Force and U.S. Air Force crews from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.
This aircraft grant, valued at $45 million and used primarily to airlift cargo, brings the total number of Royal Jordanian Air Force C-130s in the fleet to seven. The Royal Jordanian Air Force C-130s are the primary cargo aircraft of the Jordanian Armed Forces and are used for transporting their forces and equipment as they support UN peacekeeping humanitarian missions around the world.