Kenya acquires six military helicopters from the United States

The newly acquired MD-503F military helicopters. Pic/Courtesy.

Kenya has enhanced its airpower following the acquisition of six MD-503F helicopters from the United States through the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.

Speaking during the handing over ceremony US ambassador Kyle McCarter said that the helicopters were tangible examples of Kenya-US joint commitment to the fight against terrorism.

“The six MD-530F helicopters are emblematic of the decades-long security partnership between Kenya and the United States. These helicopters are tangible examples of our joint commitment to the fight against terrorism, and Kenya’s willingness to invest in its own security,” he said.

The United States government in an earlier issued statement said that 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.