Kenya Air Force, first of the three 3 C-27J Spartan Tactical Military Transport Aircraft (TMAT) has been spotted at a facility in Turin, Italy.
Kenya Air Force is set to retire/replace its ageing DHC-5 Buffalos fleet to improve its logistical efficiency, and most importantly, boost the overall operational capabilities of its Air Force
The three tactical military aircraft were procured from Italy at a cost of KSh20 billion (S$198 448 276) in the period between November 2017 and February 2018. The aircraft will be funded from loans advanced to Treasury by private banks.
The KDF C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft incorporates the same propulsion system and advanced avionics as the C-130J Hercules Transport aircraft.
The multi-purpose transport aircraft is intended for transporting troops and materials, paratroops and cargo airdrops, medical evacuation purposes, search and rescue purposed, military logistic supply, humanitarian support, firefighting and support for civil emergency operations among other roles.