Congress could block aircraft sale to Kenya

An Air Tractor AT- 802L aircraft. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • US Congressmen said they had a “reason to question the acquisition” as the $418 million (Sh41.8 billion) cost should have been much less, by more than $200 (Sh20 billion).
  • They added that L3 Technologies, the company contracted to deliver the aircraft, “has no experience converting agricultural aircraft into intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft with precision-strike capability”.
  • A different company with proven experience could provide Kenya with field-tested aircraft and related elements at a far lower price, said the congressmen.
  • US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec has defended the propriety of the process.

Kenya’s bid to buy Sh41 billion attack aircraft from an American firm was on Wednesday facing an uncertain future after five US legislators asked Congress to stop the deal because it was “inflated”, saying the cost was doubled.

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