US Air Force transfers three C-130 aircraft to Royal Jordanian Air Force

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AMMAN — On Thursday, the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF), US Air Force (USAF), and the US Embassy in Jordan celebrated the transfer of three C-130 transport aircraft from USAF to RJAF, according to a press statement. اضافة اعلان

The transfer happened in a ceremony attended by JAF Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Major General Yousef Huneiti, RJAF Commander Brigadier General Mohammad Hiyasat, and RJAF Airlift Wing Commander Colonel Emad Bazadough.  

From the US’s side, Ambassador Henry T. Wooster, USAF Regional Director for Security Assistance Brigadier General Todd Dozier, and US Embassy Defense Attaché Colonel David Kobs attended.  

RJAF has received two of the C-130 aircraft since September, with the third scheduled for delivery in January. The transfer of these mission-ready aircraft comes as part of a US Congressional mandate to cap the size of the USAF C-130 fleet.  

The C-130 Ramp-to-Ramp (R2R) transfer program is the first USAF program to transfer fully active and functional assets to key security partners around the world.  R2R delivered its first aircraft in April 2021, and to date has delivered eight of a projected thirty aircraft globally. 

"This donation of advanced aircraft represents the commitment of the United States to build strong capabilities of our Jordanian partners to respond immediately to any situation, whether it is a natural disaster, humanitarian crisis, or operational mission," said Ambassador Wooster.  

RJAF commander Brigadier General Hiyasat, thanked the American side for their continuous support to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in all fields, especially the military ones, pointing to the importance of modernizing and developing the C-130 transport squadron. He added that receiving these planes and other equipment is an indication of the depth of US-Jordanian relations.

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