KENYA BECOMES 3RD COUNTRY IN THE WORLD TO ACQUIRE ADVANCED KDF VEHICLES WORTH 7.7 BILLION

by Beatrice Ambasa
June 11, 2021

Kenya has ordered more than 118 special purpose armored vehicles to add to the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) fleet of personnel carriers.


The deal is worth Sh7.7 billion, which puts the cost of acquiring one of the engines at Sh65 million.


Turkey's state-owned media house Anadolu has announced that one of its local defense contractors landed the deal, making Kenya the 3rd country in the world to acquire the 4x4 Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicles.


The defense force has been losing soldiers to improvised explosive devices and other threats in the movement of its personnel, thus the need to acquire the advanced machinery.


Depending on the operational requirements, it can be equipped with a 12.7mm machine gun, 40mm automatic grenade launcher or 7.62mm machine gun. The vehicle has a maximum speed of 120km/h.


The APCs have fire-on-the-move capability, day and night imaging, automatic target tracking, laser range finder for accurate ballistics, and last round warning for when the ammunition is almost used up.


The weapon station provides a perfect match for integration onto tactical vehicles, fixed surveillance posts, towers and critical infrastructures.