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Kenya Armed Services: Kenya Army, Kenya Navy, Kenya Air Force. Active 24,120 (Army 20,000 Navy 1,620 Air 2,500); Paramilitary 5,000 (incl HQ staff)

NATIONAL AIR FORCE OF KENYA • Kenya Air Force (KAF)
Air Force 2,500 personnel.

Forces by Role & Equipment by Type

AIRCRAFT 42 combat capable. Total 88 Aircrafts.

Interceptor & Fighter Ground Attack 1 sqn with 22 Ftr / FGA ac:
17 Northrop F-5E Tiger II;
5 Northrop F-5F Tiger II;

Light Attack 1 sqn with 8 Lt Atk ac:
8 British Aerospace Hawk MK.52*;

Transport 1 sqn with 15 Tpt ac:
4 De Havilland Canada DHC-5D Buffalo;
3 De Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8-103;
6 Dornier Do-28D-2 Skyservant (in store);
1 Fokker F.70ER (VIP Transport);
1 Piper PA-31 Navajo;

Liaison 1 sqn with 10 Liaison ac:
10 Harbin Y-12-II Panda (Utility Transport);

Flying School Squadron (Training sqn) with 23 Trg ac:
12 Embraer EMB-312 Tucano (Shorts Tucano T.Mk51; Some for C.O.I.N ops (counter insurgency aircraft));
11 Scottish Aviation SAL Bulldog 103 / Bulldog 127 (basic flying training);

Ordered:
8 Aero L-159B (Advanced Training)
3 EADS C-295 (Tactical Transport)


HELICOPTER 22 Attack capable. Total 59 Helicopters.

Anti-Armour Light Attack hel sqn with 22 Lt Atk hel:
2 Harbin Z-9WE;
11 Hughes 500MD Scout Defender (with TOW)
8 Hughes 500ME Defender (Aslt);
1 MBB Bo-105CBS (Operated by the police air wing as an Air Ambulance.)

Support hel sqn with 13 Spt hel:
2 Aérospatiale SA-330G Puma;
9 IAR-330L Puma
3 Mil Mi-171E Hip-H

Utility hel sqn with 20 Utl hel:
4 Harbin Z-9WA (AS-365/AS-565 Panther)
1 Aérospatiale SA 342 Gazelle  (observation helicopter)
15 Hughes 500M Defender (Utl)

Rotary Flying Training sqn with 2 Trg hel:
2 Hughes 500D (Utl);


MISSILES
  ASM 72 AGM-65A Maverick (For F-5E/F);
  ATGW 2,100 BGM-71C Improved TOW
Anti-tank Missile (for Hughes-500MD helicopters)
  AAM • SRAAM 72 AIM-9J/P Sidewinder (For F-5E/F);


FACILITIES
  Kenyan Air Force Main Headquarters: HQ Located at Nairobi
  Air Bases: Laikipia, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Nairobi-Eastleight (Moi)

  Kenya AF Airfields and Airbases Organisation (Current Order of Battle):
  Kenyan Air Force Headquarters - bi-Eastleight (Moi)
  Laikipia - Fighter Squadron: F-5E/F
  Laikipia - Light Attack Squadron: Hawk
  Nairobi-Eastleight (Moi) - Transport Squadron: DHC-5/8, Fokker 70, Do28D, PA-31
  Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta - Liaison Squadron: Y-12
  Nairobi-Eastleight (Moi) - Helicopter Squadron: Hughes 500MD, SA-330G, IAR-330L, Bo105CBS
  Laikipia - Flying School Squadron: Tucano, Bulldog


Note: Kenya has 17 airports with paved runways (over 3,047 m: 4 2,438 to 3,047 m: 2 1,524 to 2,437 m: 4 914 to 1,523 m: 6 under 914 m: 1 ) and 174 airports with unpaved runways (1,524 to 2,437 m: 12 914 to 1,523 m: 107 under 914 m: 55

Official website: http://www.mod.go.ke/Kafsite

 
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   Kenya AF News:

Confronting China: US Boosts Military Presence in Africa

• Confronting China: US Boosts Military Presence in Africa  (3/28/2013)

Kenyan interior minister killed in crash: government

• Kenyan interior minister killed in crash: government  (6/10/2012)

Spirits high as Kenya Navy kills 18 Shabaab

• Spirits high as Kenya Navy kills 18 Shabaab  (11/4/2011)


• Kenyan Air Force Tweets Somalis: We’re About to Bomb You #Duck  (11/2/2011)


 

 



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