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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.

Jambojet new Q400 operator

Kenya-based Jambojet is the newest operator of the Bombardier Q400 turboprop. The airline has chartered the aircraft from DAC Aviation, to use it to fly from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Lamu, Malindi and Ukunda on the coast of the African country.

Jambojet, a subsidiary of Kenya Airlines, has joined more than 50 owners and operators of Q400 aircraft worldwide. The airline is the second new operator to have adopted the Q400 aircraft in Africa in 2015, and has become the 19th member of the family on the continent.

Source: Bombardier
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