Kenya and Uganda will in the coming months receive advanced attack military helicopters in a bid to modernize and to strengthen AMISOM’s onslaught against Al-Shabaab in Somalia.
Kenya last year December received six of the Huey II helicopters and also additional AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters from Jordan as part of its military partnership with Jordan.
Uganda is set to receive five Huey II helicopters from U.S. supplier Bell by August in its biggest acquisition since 2012.
In 2012 Uganda bought six Su-30MK fighter jets from Russia at a cost of $179.6 million.
Last year September, Bell Helicopters won the $87.6 million contract to supply the two countries with 13 helicopters and spares.
Kenya and Uganda expect to use the equipment to boost their operations in Somalia, where they are fighting the Al-Shabaab terrorists under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) command.