Air Platforms

Jordan receives second Mi-26 heavy-lift helo

28 December 2018

The second of four Mi-26T heavy-lift helicopters has been delivered to Jordan, with two more set to arrive before the end of 2019. Source: Royal Jordanian Air Force

The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) has received into service the second of four Mil Mi-26 'Halo' heavy-lift helicopters from Russia, the service announced on 26 December.

An image of the Mi-26T was posted on the RJAF's official website some 11 months after the first was delivered to Amman in January.

Jordan ordered four of the current production-standard Mi-26T helicopters in September 2016, with two more under option. Deliveries are to run from 2018 through to the end of 2019, with the platforms to be operated jointly between the military and civil services.

While the first helicopter was shown at the SOFEX 2018 defence exhibition finished in the RJAF's current multi-tonal camouflage colour scheme, this second aircraft has been delivered in a low-visibility grey and is devoid of national markings. It is unclear if the different schemes denote the different military or civil roles.

The Mi-26Ts will join the RJAF's current helicopter fleet of MD Helicopters Inc MD 500/530Fs; Bell AH-1F Cobras; Sikorsky UH-60L/M and S-70A Black Hawks; Airbus Helicopters EC 635T1s, AS 332s, and AS 350s; AgustaWestland AW139s; and Robinson R44s.

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