The Jordanian Special Operations Aviation Brigade has been using the BLACK HAWK helicopters for special operations and border security since the first three were delivered last summer at a ceremony in Amman, Jordan. The remaining aircraft were delivered to Jordan in October. The aircraft were part of a foreign military sale structured through the U.S. government.
"The BLACK HAWK helicopter is designed to stringent U.S. military standards and has become a world leader in multi-mission aircraft with its ability to be quickly deployed and reconfigured for a variety of missions," said Stephen B. Estill, Sikorsky Vice President. "The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Sikorsky Aircraft have maintained a long relationship and we are honored to provide these versatile aircraft as we look forward to continuing our relationship for many years to come."
Since 1987, the Royal Jordanian Air Force has flown Sikorsky Aircraft and currently operates five UH-60/S-70A helicopters in its Royal Squadron.
BLACK HAWK helicopter derivatives currently serve 26 governments around the world in a diverse range of missions, from combat assault and peacekeeping to disaster relief and medical evacuation. Sikorsky also plans to introduce a BLACK HAWK helicopter model specifically for the international market, with production taking place in Mielec, Poland.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., USA, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing and service. The company's mission statement reflects its long commitment to safety and innovation: "We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere... every timeTM." United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., USA, provides more a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.