Tuesday, January 24, 2017

United States Approves Sh43 Billion KDF Weapons Deal

KDF is scheduled to receive Sh43 billion state of the art military aircrafts and weapons after the US State Department approved a proposed foreign military sale to Kenya, The Star reports.

The deal will see Kenya purchase 12 Air Tractor AT-802L, two AT-504 Trainer aircraft, weapons package, technical support and program management from the US.

"This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded," the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in statement on Monday.
“The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on January 19, 2017,” it added.

The proposed sale is part of US foreign and national security deal aimed at improving the security of its strongest regional security leader partner who has undertaken to fight al Shabaab and has contributed troops to African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom).

The notice of the potential sale is requirement by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded but considering the role played by KDF in Amisom, the deal is as good as done, the paper states.