Sunday, May 26, 2013



Capital: Nairobi

Manda Bay Naval Station near the Kenyan border with Somalia is used by U.S. military personnel.

1952- 1960 Mau Mau rebellion against British colonial forces
Was Barack Obamas father a British informant working against the Mau Mau?

2009- A shipment of T-72 tanks and other weapons were captured by Somali pirates, but released and unloaded at the port city of Mombasa. Kenyan officials claim the weapons were for the Kenyan military. Intelligence sources from around the world expressed doubt and believe the weapons were meant for the South Sudanese Army.

October 2011- Kenyan military forces entered Somalia to fight against Islamic militants

63,000 active duty personnel

Air Force
Approximately 5,000 personnel

Laikipia Air Base in Nanyuki
Moi Air Base in Eastleigh, Nairobi
FOB Mombassa at Moi International Airport
FOB Mandera
FOB Wajir
FOB Nyeri

F-5 Tiger II fighter aircraft (22)

DHC-5 Buffalo transport aircraft (7)
DHC-8 Dash transport aircraft (3)
Harbin Y-12 transport aircraft (12)

Fokker 70 aircraft used for VIP transport (1)
Piper PA-31 Navajo aircraft used for training (10)
Scottish Aviation Bulldog trainer aircraft (5)
Shorts Tucano trainer aircraft (11)
Mi-28 attack helicopters. 16 ordered. 5 delivered?
SA.330 Puma helicopters (21)
Mi-171 helicopters (3)
SA.342 Gazelle helicopter (1)

Harbin Z-9W (WZ-9) attack helicopters (4)

Harbin Z-9 utility helicopters (4)
RQ-11 Raven unmanned aerial vehicles (8) 
ScaEagle unmanned aerial vehicles (4)

AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missiles
BGM-71 TOW anti-tank guided missiles for MD 500 helicopters

Approximately 2,500 personnel
Offshore patrol boats, Shupavu Class with 76mmand 30mm guns (2)
Missile Boats, Nyayo Class with Otomat anti-ship missiles (2)
Landing Ship, Medium (2)
Inshore patrol vessels (6)
Personnel Tenders (2)
Tug Boat (1)

4 Madaraka Class missile boats with Gabriel anti-ship missiles (decommissioned)

Approximately 55,000 personnel
Air Cavalry

Vickers Mk 3 tanks (76)

T-72 tanks with Kontakt-1 explosive reactive armor (110) Supposedly for Kenya, and not the South Sudanese Army.
BTR-60 armored personnel carriers (3)
Panhard AML-60 and AML-90 armored reconnaissance vehicles (72)
Panhard M3 armored personnel carriers (15)
Saracen armored personnel carriers (15)
WZ551 armored personnel carriers (35)

UR-416 armored personnel carriers (52)
Ferret armored reconnaissance vehicles (20)
Saladin 6x6 wheeled (10)
Shorland armored cars (8)
Puma M26-15 MRAP. South African made. (150)
BRM command vehicle (BMP-1 variant)
HMMWV utility vehicles (100)
Land Rover Defender

BM-21 multiple rocket launchers (41)

2S7 203mm self propelled howitzers (6-25)
Nora B-52 self propelled. Serbian made. (30)?
Oto Melara Mod 56 towed howitzers (8)
L118 light guns (40)

120mm mortars. Finnish? (12)
L16 81mm mortars

Milan anti-tank guided missiles
Swingfire anti-tank guided missiles

RPG-7 shoulder fired anti-tank rocket launchers
Carl Gustav shoulder fired anti-tank rocket launchers

Wombat BAT-4 120mm recoilless guns? (May be retired from service)

M79 grenade launchers

Barrett M107 sniper/anti-material rifles
Barrett M82 sniper/anti-material rifles
Browning M2HB machine guns
Browning M1919 machine guns
FN MAG machine guns
PK machine guns
AAT-52 machine guns
M249 machine guns
HK21 machine guns
Negev machine guns. israeli made.
M60 machine guns
PSG1 sniper rifles
G3 assault rifles
AK-47 assault rifles
FN FAL assault rifles
Galil assault rifles
AK-102 assault rifles
AK-101 assault rifles
M16 assault rifles
M4 carbines
Uzi sub-machine guns
MP5 sub-machine guns
Steyr MPi-69 sub-machine guns
Sterling sub-machine guns
Browning Hi Power pistols

Small arms ammunition production facilities.

Army Aviation
Operated by the Kenyan army 50th Air Cavalry battalion at the Embakasi military base
MD 500M utility helicopters. (10)

MD 500MD scout helicopters (15)
MD 500MD with TOW anti-tank missiles (35)

Air Defense
SA-11 (Buk-M1) surface-to-air missiles
Rapier surface-to-air missiles
Tigercat surface-to-air missiles
Mistral surface-to-air missiles
Bofors L/70 towed 40mm anti-aircraft guns
Oerlikon GDF-002 towed twin 35mm anti-aircraft guns
Oerlikon 20mm anti-aircraft guns
TCM-20 towed twin 20mm anti-aircraft guns
ZPU-4 towed 14.5mm anti-aircraft guns
M55 quad mount (4x.50 cal machine guns)

Special Forces

Kenya Police Service
Includes the General Service Unit (GSU)

Cessna utility aircraft (7)
Mi-17 helicopters (3)
Bell 206 helicopters (3)
AS.350 Ecureuil helicopter (1)
MBB Bo 105 helicopter used for medical evacuation (1)

Kenyan National Security Intelligence Service (NSIS)
Handles internal and external security threats.


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