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Kenya commissions MD 530F helicopters

23 January 2020
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The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) announced on 23 January that its chief, General Samson Mwathethe, had commissioned its "next-generation" MD 530F light attack helicopters at the Embakasi base in Nairobi.

The United States approved the sale of 12 MD 530Fs along with FN Herstal .50 cal heavy machine gun pods and 70 mm rocket pods to Kenya in 2017 to replace the MD 500s flown by the Kenyan Army's 50th Air Cavalry Battalion. Nairobi subsequently ordered six.

An MD 530F is seen fitted with a .50 machine gun pod (front removed) during the commissioning at the 50th Air Cavalry Battalion base. (Kenya Defence Forces)An MD 530F is seen fitted with a .50 machine gun pod (front removed) during the commissioning at the 50th Air Cavalry Battalion base. (Kenya Defence Forces)

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