U.S government has given Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) six new helicopters to boost its endeavors on war against terrorism.
Two more helicopters are expected to be delivered in May next year (2017).
Present to receive the Huey II helicopters at the Laikipia Air Base in Nanyuki Wednesday morning was Kenya’s Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo and Chief of Defence Forces, General Samson Mwathethe.
"They will play a significant role in complex operations by our forces, especially in the Somalia theatre. It is an exceptional force multiplier for KDF," she said.
The grant valued at $106 million (Sh11 billion), is part of the assistance pledged by President Obama to boost security in the region according to U.S Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec saying it is the single largest donation to a foreign country in sub-Saharan Africa.
"This is will help in our joint efforts to fight Al-Shabaab. The US will remain a steadfast partner in fighting terrorism and radicalization," Godec was quoted saying.
Beside military combat operations, the helicopters will also be used for search and rescue missions.
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