The US on Wednesday delivered two additional helicopters to the Kenya Air Force, fulfilling a promise to help strengthen the military in the war against Al-Shabaab.
Six similar choppers were delivered on December 2, 2016, and are being used to deploy rapid response units to and from the battle field in Somalia.
The entire fleet of helicopters – Bell Huey II – cost Sh11.5 billion (USD 11.5 million).
“They will bolster the KDF’s capacity to combat Al-Shabaab, an effort that will bring more stability and peace to East Africa,” said the US embassy in Nairobi.
The embassy said the helicopters have an exceptional capacity to operate in hot and high-elevation environments, while being rugged enough to endure extended operations with minimal maintenance.
“Our military cooperation with Kenya is one of the deepest and most important security relationships for the US in all of Africa.
We work to build our mutual security and peace throughout the region so that both of our countries are safer and more secure,” said US ambassador Robert Godec.
The choppers will also be used for delivering emergency supplies and evacuating troops from danger zones.