Grob G120TP trainer for Kenya

A Grob G120 TP trainer.

The Kenyan Air Force operates Grob G120TP turboprop trainers after the earlier acquisition of G120A-K piston engine trainers.

Air Forces Monthly reported that the latest batch of three G120TP aircraft recently shipped. After leaving the Grob factory in Germany, they flew over Crete, Egypt, Djibouti and Ethiopia to arrive in Kenya on August 19th. Two were seen in action with the Kenyan Air Force’s Training Squadron at Laikipia Air Base in May of this year.

According to Grob, the Kenyan Air Force now operates nine new G120TPs in addition to its previous acquisition.

The Kenyan Air Force received six of the G120A-K piston engine models in November and December 2013, making it the first African Air Force to use this type. The pilot training took place in Mattsies, Germany. One then crashed on March 28, 2018, but the pilots survived.

Kenya’s G120A-Ks were purchased to replace its fleet of ten Scottish Aviation Bulldogs. The G120A-K is powered by a six-cylinder Lycoming piston engine with 260 hp. The airframe, which is largely made of composite material, has a service life of 15,000 hours and is certified for + 6 / -4 gs, which enables aerobatic training. The modern glass cockpit has three Elbit 205 x 150 mm multifunction displays, a digital standby flight display and a digital engine display. According to Grob, the G120 has one of the lowest maintenance costs in the industry.

The G120TP is powered by the Rolls-Royce M250-B17F turbine engine, which can be limited to 312 hp for ab initio training, although it is rated at 380 hp for maximum cruising speed (380 km / h). The trainee pilot can sit in either the left or right ejection seat, both with individual throttle levers.

The Ethiopian Air Force is the second in Africa to operate the G120 and to acquire 12 turboprop models as of 2019.

The G120 is flown by the Canadian, German, French and Israeli Air Forces, while the G120TP turboprop, first used in 2010, was taken over by the Air Forces of Argentina, Ecuador, Indonesia, Mexico, Myanmar and Jordan.

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