Jordan has received three Blackhawk helicopters from the US out of eight allocated for the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF), Government Spokesperson Mohammad Momani said Wednesday.

In a statement to The Jordan Times, he commended the “ongoing” military cooperation between Jordan and the US, describing the delivery of the helicopters as a “reflection of the strategic interdependence between Jordan and the US.”

Momani, who is also minister of state for media affairs and communications, said that these helicopters will contribute to the Kingdom’s plans to enhance its army’s capabilities in the face of threats and in its efforts to safeguard its border. 

He noted that Jordan’s military armament system has now become one of the best in the world, stressing that the Kingdom will continue to upgrade the capabilities of its armed forces.

In a post on its Facebook page on Wednesday, the US embassy said the three helicopters were delivered last week.

“The Blackhawks will provide the JAF [with] an increased capability to respond to border threats around the country and are the latest example of our partnership and unwavering security commitment to Jordan,” the embassy said.

The US has provided additional military assistance to Jordan this year, including the eight Blackhawks, firearms, ammunition for F-16 fighter jets and other equipment.