Serviceability, loss through attrition, maintenance constrains, and restoration of the Kenya air-force to full strength to meet modern challenges and threats are what factored upgrades of the KDF Air-force.
This intelligence is procured from critical analysis of various emerging threats, previous challenges including serviceability and maintenance of F-5 series fighters, and modernization of neighboring air forces such as Uganda and Ethiopia.
Intelligence shows the F-5 performance is good however, the Operation Linda Inchi tasks have helped KDF-air-force wing to detect poor levels of serviceability in the operational fleet.
Acquisition of modern attack helicopters is indicative of Kenya air-force efforts to fill the gaps left by these poor maintenance aspects besides the attrition factor.
In the coming days, Kenya and the East and Central African region will see a very different Kenya air-force. It will have a variety of modern attack/fighter aircraft’s.
French Rafale jets were tested for Kenya airforce in 2011 in Somalia war theater, with the bomber launched from a French naval ship.
International arms audit firms such as SIPRI have hinted acquisition of French bombers by Kenya air force backing up Strategic Intelligence findings on the same.
However, most of the newly acquired war machines are yet to be seen in the Kenya aerospace.
Strategic Intelligence also established possible acquisition of this particular aircraft pointing out ex-Libya operations jets. The Kenya air-force may have also acquired a set of F-16 fighter bombers from Israel.
Kenya has upped its air-base capacity through the upgrade of Wajir airbase to a functional air-force facility and Laikipia airbase to a modern airbase with night navigation and landing systems.
Currently, Kenya Air-force remains the most professional air-force in East and Central Africa.