Obama Donates 5 Combat Helicopters to Uganda

Huey II aircraft

The United States Army has donated USD 86.9million for the purchase of five combat helicopters to Uganda and Kenya to bolster their military capacity and peace keeping in the region.

The Huey II helicopters will be supplied by Bell Helicopter, recipe an aerospace, for sale defense, this security and advanced technologies Industrial Corporation.

The company will receive USD 52.1 million for five Huey II helicopters and spare parts for Kenya and another USD 34.5 million for five Huey II helicopters for Uganda, according to the US Defense Department release on Monday.

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The development comes high on the heels of Uganda High Command’s decision to quit Somalia due to delayed payment of soldiers and UN’s refusal to compensate Uganda’s helicopters that crashed in Mt Kenya.

Somalia is headed for general elections, with observers calling for tight national security.

The move is also a good gesture of improved diplomatic relations with United States following the disputed 2016 presidential election.

The Huey II helicopter seats up to 15 people and can provide troop transport into high altitudes, medical evacuation in hot conditions or transport to and from remote bases.

According to information from Bell Helicopter, the Bell Huey II’s weight load lift of 4,873 pounds in hot conditions was improved by combining Bell 212 dynamic components with the Honeywell T53-L-703 engine.

It has an endurance of 2.6 hours and 246 miles, and a maximum cruise speed of 106 knots per hour with the maximum load.


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