• Short Summary

    In the Middle East, Jordan is going all out to increase the fire-power of its airforce with substantial purchases of United States as well as British aircraft.

  • Description

    In the Middle East, Jordan is going all out to increase the fire-power of its airforce with substantial purchases of United States as well as British aircraft.

    The United States, in particular, has been very active lately selling or granting armaments to Arab states as well as its trade with Israel.

    So far, it has not sold to Egypt of Syria -- the main Arab protagonists in the October 1973 war with Israel.

    However, Jordan's King Hussein has already made it clear that the main reason why his country played only a token role in that conflict was of a lack of air defence.

    The United States arms deals with the Arab bloc -- worth hundreds of millions of dollars -- are interpreted as part of an effort to gain influence in the area, and to off-set its huge balance of payments deficit caused by the high price of oil.

    Jordan's Air Force is equipped with two squadron's of British-made Hawker Hunter jete and two squadrons of American F-104 Star Fighters.

    Now, in addition, the United States has agreed to supply 55 F-5E interceptors, beginning in April. Jordanian pilots are already undergoing training with the new aircraft.

    The F-5E, known as Tiger II, is a twin-jet supersonic fighter of advanced bomb and missile capability.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA29C3QWAP5O9NNSTWCKKA39JBZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA29C3QWAP5O9NNSTWCKKA39JBZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/02/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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