Possible exports of U.S. helicopters worth nearly $500 million for defense purposes have been revealed in recent weeks. The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that Kenya might buy 12 MD530Fs; Slovakia might buy nine Bell 429s; and Greece five CH-47D Chinooks. These are all Foreign Military Sales (FMS) packages that include weapons and support.
The MD530F Cayuse Warriors for Kenya would be supplied by MD Helicopters in a package worth $253 million. They would each be equipped with twin M260 rocket launchers made by Arnold Defense, and twin HMP400heavy machine gun pods made by FN. More than 5,500 rockets would also form part of the sale. The DSCAnoted that Kenya is undertaking critical operations against al-Shabaab, a jihadist terrorist group that has in the past controlled much of neighbouring Somalia. The new helicopters would replace Kenya’s aging fleet of MD500, the DSCA said.