Jordan pays $60M for an F-16 training center, and US agreed
AMMAN, (BM) – Jordan wants an F-16 training center, and the US Department of Defense has agreed on $ 60 million. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency does confirm the news. This agency is a part of the US Department of Defense.
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According to the spread message, Jordan will use the F-16 training center to train Jordanian pilots in air combat. Devices for missions, combat tactics, simulators, scenario generation stations, database, reconnaissance missions – these are just some of the options included in the package to the training center. The training center price does include the delivery of some additional equipment.
Traditionally, the US government has reported that this type of sale supports US foreign policy. Jordan is a significant ally of the United States outside NATO and plays a vital role in the Middle East’s stability.
Jordan is an “ally” of the United States but also an opponent of Israel
Guaranteed peace in the Middle East from Jordan, as “traditionally” published in sales documents between the United States and Jordan, is a controversial term, given that Jordan and Israel do not fall in love.
Last year, Jordan threatened Israel with war if Tel Aviv implemented a sovereignty plan over parts of the West Bank. Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi voiced the “threat” following a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
“If Israel annexes it, it will choose escalation and conflict over peace,” said the head of Jordan’s foreign affairs agency.
Naturally, the reaction from Israel was not long in coming. It was not “through official diplomatic channels,” but it reflected the Jewish state’s position at the time. Thus, in May last year, former Israeli diplomat Ilan Baker said that if Jordan were dissatisfied with Tel Aviv’s position to annex these territories, it would violate the peace treaty, and the war would ensue.
Jordan received 80 tanks from the UAE
Last year, Jordan signed an agreement for 80 AMX-56 Leclerc MBT tanks from the UAE. In 1993, the UAE purchased 436 copies of the Leclerc AMX-56 [including 388 main battle tanks, 48 maintenance vehicles, and two training tanks] from the French concern GIAT Industries [now Nexter Systems]. The Emirates’ ground forces used them for nearly two decades.
The transfer of 80 of these tanks to Jordan reduced Leclerc’s number owned by the UAE to 356.
The Jordanian Army currently operates several different models of the Main Battle Tank. These include: 392 Al-Hussein MBTs [British Challenger 1], 364 Khalid MBTs [British Chieftain], 182 M60A3 Phoenix MBTs [locally upgraded American M60A3TTS], 82 M60A1 Patton MBTs and probably 293 in reserve Tariq MBTs [British Centurion]. The commissioning of the 80 AMX-56 Leclerc will speed up the line’s withdrawal and then transfer to the reserve of the oldest operating structures.
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