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Kenya Air Force

The Kenya Air Force (KAF) is the national Air force of Kenya. Due to lack of combat it largely provides relief services.

The main air base hosting fighters is the Laikipia Air Base in Nanyuki, while Moi Air Base in Eastleigh, Nairobi is another major airport used by the Kenya Air Force.

Fleet

The fleet is ancient and tiny in western terms, but not worse when compared to many other African countries. Until the recent purchase of Chinese Y-12 planes, all of the aircraft were from western countries due to military aid. The fleet consists of: ! style="text-align: left; background: #aacccc;"|Aircraft ! style="text-align: left; background: #aacccc;"|Origin ! style="text-align: left; background: #aacccc;"|Type ! style="text-align: left; background: #aacccc;"|Versions ! style="text-align: left; background: #aacccc;"|In service ! style="text-align: left; background: #aacccc;"|Notes |----- | Aérospatiale SA-330 Puma ||
|| transport helicopter || SA-330G || 12 || 9 built by IAR |----- | BAE Hawk || || trainer || Hawk 52 || 8 || |----- | de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo || || tactical transport || DHC-5D || 7 || |----- | de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 || || transport || DHC-8 || 3 || |----- | Dornier Do 28 || || utility || Do 28D || 4 || |----- | Fokker 70 || || tactical transport || F70 || 1 || |----- | Harbin Y-12 || || utility transport || Y-12 || 24 || |----- | MD Helicopters MD 500 || || utility helicopter
scout helicopter
attack helicopter || MD 500M
MD 500MD
MD 500MD/TOW || 10
15
15 || |----- | Northrop F-5 Tiger II || || fighter
trainer || F-5E
F-5F || 5
2 || |----- | Scottish Aviation Bulldog || || trainer || Bulldog 103
Bulldog 127 || 3
2 || 5 built
9 built |----- | Shorts Tucano || || trainer || Tucano || 11 || |}

The anti aircraft capability is formidable with Mistral anti aircraft missiles and 25, 35 and 40mm cannons all under optronic control.

In addition to the Air Force, the police air wing operates 11 aircraft.

Former fleet:

History

Kenya Air Force was formed on 1 June 1964, soon after independence, with the assistance of United Kingdom.

After a failed coup by a group of Air Force officers on August 1, 1982, the Air Force was disbanded. Air Force activity was reconstituted and placed under tighter army control as '82 Air Force. The Air force regained its independent status in 1994. Currently it is a professional force with F-5 upgrade and procurement underway (10 F-5E, 2 F-5F, and 3 F-5EM from Jordan link). On April 10, 2006 an Harbin Y-12 plane owned by Kenya Air Force crashed near Marsabit. The plane was carrying several local and national politicians. It had 17 on board, of which 14 died. Bonaya Godana, a former minister was among the casualties. The pilot in command was Major David Njoroge.

Commanders

The following officers have been in command of the Kenya Air Force:

See also

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