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Kenya receives Fennec helicopters

06 September 2018

The Kenya Air Force (KAF) has taken delivery of at least four Airbus H125M (formerly designated the AS550) Fennec helicopters, according to photographs released on social media.

Margot Kiser, the journalist who published the photographs, reported that eight former United Arab Emirates (UAE) Fennec helicopters have been purchased by Kenya for use in combat operations against the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militant group.

The photographs showed four aircraft without rotor blades at a location that could be identified as Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. They were painted in what appeared to be the standard dark grey livery of UAE air force helicopters, but with KAF markings and numbers that included 1703 and 1705.

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