Kenya’s Defence Force acquires 12 American light attack helicopter gunships

12 new American made light attack helicopter gunships to boost the country’s military air capabilities. (Photo by the Star)

Kenya’s military force has purchased 12 new American made light attack helicopter gunships from the U.S. government aiming to boost its military air operation.

The deal includes the purchase of 12 MD530F Cayuse Warrior light attack helicopters, 24 machine gun pod systems, rocket launcher systems and assorted ammunition.

According to Kenya Defence Forces sources, the new attack helicopters; MD530F are set to replace ageing MD500 fleet, local media the Star reports.

The deal has been approved despite opposition to an earlier weapons purchase deal Kenya had sought from Washington, the report says.

The purchase is estimated to be worth $253 million, this according to the U.S. State Department.

Others equipment include 1,536 M274 smoke rockets, 400,000 rounds of .50 calibre ammunition and communications/navigation equipment.

According to the report, US is also expected to provide Kenya with logistical support, training and technical assistance and spare parts and field service support under the deal.

The purchase is expected to enhance the Kenya’s Defence Force modernization efforts hence, increasing interoperability with the U.S Armed Forces and other partners in the region.

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