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Jordan cleared to buy one VIP Black Hawk helicopter

Jordanian UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter exercise Eager Lion
US Army file photo of Jordanian UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter

The US State Department has approved the possible of a single UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter to Jordan.

The potential deal, which includes radios, a missile warning system, and identification friend or foe transponders among others is worth an estimated $23 million, according to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

The UH-60M in standard US Army configuration will supplement Jordan’s existing Royal Squadron fleet of Black Hawk helicopters and be used to facilitate the movement of the Jordanian royal family.

Jordan already has the UH-60M capability, having received the final batch of the helicopters in 2018. The country operates UH-60L variants which support Jordan’s special operations brigade and VIP VH-60M Black Hawks for Jordanian royal family travel.

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major non-NATO ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East,” DSCA said in its announcement.

The principal contractors would be Sikorsky and General Electric.