The Kenyan Ministry of Defense has approved the procurement of 118 state-of-the-art military vehicles from Turkey at a cost of nearly $ 70 million, the Kenyan military official said.
Kenyan Defense Forces spokeswoman Zipporah Kioko told the Kenyan Star newspaper on Monday that the East African country was focusing on ensuring the survivability of its troops stationed in the fight against al-Shabaab fighters from Somalia, procuring 118 high-performance armored personnel carriers (APCs).
Kioko said, “The Kenyan Army has therefore made a critical assessment and found that the current operating environment has evolved significantly, with APCs being most threatened by vehicle-mounted IEDs (VBIEDs), directional IEDs and IEDs [improvised explosive devices] reinforced with complex ambushes. “
She added that out of a pool of three companies that had applied to supply Kenyans with the APCs, only Turkish company Katmerciler HIZIR met all the necessary requirements, defeating two other competitors from South Africa and North America.
Al-Qaeda members from Somalia belonging to Al-Shabaab have attacked security officers patrolling the Kenya-Somali border.
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