Kenya’s airpower enhanced as KDF acquires 6 helicopters from the US.
By JOSEPH MURAYA, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 24- Kenya’s airpower has been enhanced, following the acquisition of 6 MD-530F helicopters by the Kenya Defence Forces.
The helicopters were acquired from the United States through the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
U.S. Army Major General Michael Turello commanding general of the Combined Joint Task Force in the Horn of Africa oversaw the handing over ceremony which was also attended by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter.
It is not, however, clear how much the taxpayer spent to acquire the helicopters.
In a statement, the United States said the sale of the helicopters is representative of the U.S. “total package approach” of the United States Foreign Military Sales program, which includes not just the equipment but also comprehensive spare parts and multi-year sustainment package to ensure the longevity of the aircraft.
“The United States defense industry produces the highest quality equipment in the world and these helicopters will support Kenya’s security needs for decades to come,” reads the statement.
There was no immediate statement from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Headquarters in Nairobi on the purchase. The Kenyan military is known to keep secret such purchases.