The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) has placed a firm order for four additional
EC635 light twin-engined helicopters. This new order will further increase the
existing fleet of EC635 already in operational service with the RJAF. Two of
these helicopters will be delivered at the end of 2006, the other two early
2007. Further fleet increases are considered possible.
By mid-2004, Eurocopter completed deliveries of the initial fleet of EC635
Helicopters to the RJAF. To date, the EC635s have performed to the complete
satisfaction of the RJAF, which also operates a significant fleet of Super Pumas
and Ecureuil by Eurocopter.
The RJAF flies its EC635s under extreme climatic conditions and around the
clock, including night-vision goggle missions. Missions include surveillance
flights in border areas and special operations for anti-terrorist vigilance, as
well as police and EMS missions and VIP flights inside Jordan.
Due to the reliability and high availability of the EC635, the RJAF was able to
increase its number of flight hours by 75 percent since introducing the EC635 in
2003. The aircraft require low maintenance and have low operating cost, thereby
delivering optimum value and mission readiness to the customer. These facts
combined have led to the follow-on order.
The EC635 is the military version of the highly successful light twin-engine
EC135 helicopter. It is one of the most versatile helicopters on the market
today. It is designed to carry out military/paramilitary and public security
missions, also including search and rescue, troop transport,
reconnaissance/observation, scout/light attack missions, training and vertical
replenishment. The EC635 is also ideal for disaster relief and humanitarian aid
missions, for medevac and for the transport of loads, medical supplies and food.
It also carries out other duties involving naval and coastal surveillance.
Its internal equipment can be easily interchanged. For instance, the user can
select one of several seating layouts, or install medical apparatus. The roomy
4.6 cubic-meter cabin is free of obstacles. Cabin access is via two lateral
sliding doors - plus via two large-size rear doors - a feature not offered by
any of the competitors. Thanks to the two rear clamshell doors and the shrouded
Fenestron tail rotor, loading/unloading is performed in conditions of complete
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