Upgraded AH-1F serial 1016 of the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) is seen here undergoing weapons and avionics testing trials at King Abdullah 2 Air Base (KA2). The attack helicopter is one of a pair of modernised Cobras shipped to Jordan for the SOFEX 2018 exhibition in the capital Amman in May. The RJAF operates two units with AH-1Fs: 10 and 12 Squadrons are both based at KA2, northeast of Amman.
Northrop and Science and Engineering Services (SES) is meanwhile modernising 12 RJAF Cobras to extend their operational service lives by at least 20 years; they will operate with 10 Squadron while 12 Squadron will continue with the remaining non-upgraded helicopters. The Cobras’ avionics are being converted to Northrop’s Integrated Mission Equipment package (iMEP), which includes a commercially available FlightPro Gen III mission computer, a full suite of LCD multifunction displays, an embedded software digital map and navigation controls. Marco Dijkshoorn
See the forthcoming October issue of AFM for a full report on the RJAF’s modernisation programme.