The United States delivered eight Black Hawk helicopters to Jordan on last week to help its regional ally defend itself against the threat of ISIS militants
Jordanian and US official, another eight Black Hawks would begin arriving next year under a military aid deal worth about $200 million.
The helicopters are central to a US-funded “Quick Reaction Force” set up by Jordan to counter ISIS, which controls large swathes of territory in neighboring Iraq and Syria.
In a handover ceremony at Marka military air force base, US ambassador to Jordan Alice G. Wells said Washington had supplied “millions of rounds of small arms ammunition, hundreds of bombs” and other equipment to Jordan since February last year.
The United States is committed to standing with Jordan to face the threat posed by Daesh (acronym for Islamic State), the ambassador told senior Jordanian army officers. “As you employ these aircraft in the fight against Daesh, know that we will be standing right there next to you.”
Jordan is among a few Arab states that have taken part in a US-led air campaign against the hardline terrorist group.