In Summary
  • The contract, which became effective this month, will enable MD Helicopters to provide logistical support and training for KDF officers who will fly the choppers.

  • They are already en-route to Kenya.

The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) has awarded a US firm a contract for the provision of logistical support, maintenance and pilot training for its fleet of six new MD 530 Cayuse Warrior helicopters.

The fleet is part of a Sh140 billion five-year deal awarded to the American firm MD Helicopters in September 2017 to provide up to 150 MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters to foreign air forces via the US Foreign Military Sales programme. The indefinite delivery and quantity contract was arranged through the US Army Contracting Command. Afghanistan has already received its first batch of 30 helicopters, valued at $177 million (Sh18 billion).

MD Helicopters, through CEO Lynn Tilton, says “it is pleased” that it was selected “to provide mentorship, maintenance expertise, and pilot and maintainer training to the Kenya Defence Forces”.

“Supported by the skilled men and women of the MD Helicopters team, our military operators have successfully flown hundreds of missions annually, maintaining operational readiness rates in excess of 90 per cent. We welcome the KDF to the global MD Helicopters family and are committed to exceed the training, support, and performance expectations of both our US army and KDF customer,” Ms Tilton added.

The contract, which became effective this month, will enable MD Helicopters to provide logistical support and training for KDF officers who will fly the choppers. They are already en-route to Kenya.

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