The Air Tractor AT-802U (Image © Air Tractor)

US approves sale of Air Tractors to Kenya

The US State Department has approved the requested purchase by Kenya of twelve Air Tractor AT- 802L and two AT-504 trainer aircraft under the US Foreign Military Sale program. The estimated cost is 418 million USD.

The proposed sale provides a needed capability in the ongoing efforts to counter Islamic terrorist organisation al-Shabaab, according to the State Departement. Also, the Air Tractor maximizes Kenya’s  Close Air Support (CAS) ability because it is a short-field aircraft capable of using precision munitions and cost effective logistics and maintenance. The proposed sale supplements Kenya’s aging F-5 aircraft as it will be more able to be pre-positioned much closer to the conflict area than the F-5 fleet.

The prime contractor will be L-3 Communications in Waco, Texas.

2 thoughts on “US approves sale of Air Tractors to Kenya”

    1. Hi Chris, it’s quite a bit more than that indeed. Ideal aircraft for close air support and operations from unprepared runways

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