Jordanian CH-4Bs and MD530Fs For Sale

Above: A Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) MD530FF participating in Exercise Eager Lion 18 at Az Zarqa, Jordan, on April 17, 2018.  The RJAF is currently offering all six of its remaining MD530FFs for sale.  USAF/Master Sgt Joshua L DeMotts

AS PART of continuing rationalisation of the Jordanian Armed Forces, a further batch of Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) aircraft are being offered for sale.  In an announcement published on its website June 3, the General Command of the Jordanian Armed Forces-Arab Army / Royal Air Force Command said that it wishes to sell two CASA C295Ms, two CASA AC235 gunships, one C-130B Hercules, 12 Hawk Mk 63s, six CASC CH-4B Rainbow unmanned combat air vehicles and six armed MD530F helicopters.  The final deadline to submit bids for these aircraft is 1530hrs on July 1.

Apart from the CH-4Bs and MD530FFs, all have previously been offered for sale, but presumably found no takers and are therefore being offered again.  The Chinese-built CH-4Bs, operated by 9 Squadron at Zarqa 2 Air Base, had only entered service in 2016 and comprise the entire RJAF fleet of the type.  Jordan has previously express disappointment with the performance of the type and had been expected to retire them.  The MD530Fs, based at Zarqa with 28 Squadron, had been purchased second-hand in 2006 and also comprise the entire RJAF fleet of the type.

The C-130B, serial number 341, has been withdrawn from use for some time and is stored at Amman-Marka.  It has been up for sale since December 2016.  The two C295Ms had previously been offered for tender in September 2018, along with the 12 Hawk Mk 63s.  The latter, survivors of 13 that had only been acquired from the UAE Air Force and Air Defence in 2015, had also previously been offered for sale in December 2016.

In September 2018 the RJAF was also offering 17 AH-1F Cobra attack helicopters and 13 UH-1H Iroquois for sale.  The two AC-235s had previously been put up for tender December 24, 2018, along with eight UH-60L Black Hawks.