Kenya is set to receive six military helicopters from the United States before the end of this year.
This was announced on Friday by Arizona-based plane manufacturer MD Helicopters, according to UK-based arms magazine IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly.
“Kenya will receive all six of the MD Helicopters Inc MD 530F Cayuse Warrior Scout and light-attack platforms it ordered in 2018 by the end of this year, the manufacturer confirmed on September 13,” IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly reported on Monday.
The six-light attack helicopter gunships are part of the 12 military choppers Kenya ordered from the US in a arms deal worth Sh25 billion. The deal for the acquisition of the military equipment got the approval of the United States Congress in May 2017.
The weapons were initially set to be delivered to Nairobi between April and August this year and MD Helicopters did not give reasons for the delay.
Last year, the US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) said the helicopters will help Kenya “modernize its rotorcraft fleet in order to improve border security, undertake operations against Somalia-based jihadist group Al-Shabaab and contribute to the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom).”