India showcased its military hardware at the recent 2nd India-Kenya Defence Exhibition & Seminar held in Nairobi, aiming to strengthen its strategic ties with Kenya. Among the offerings was the HAL-developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Prachand, designed for high-altitude warfare.
The exhibition, co-organized by the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) and the High Commission of India (HCI), saw participation from dignitaries like Kenyan Defence Minister Hon. Aden Duale and KDF Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lt. Gen J Mwangi.
The LCH Prachand, known for its maneuverability and firepower, was a key highlight of India’s defense pitch. This advanced combat helicopter is specifically designed for operations in the Himalayas and can be deployed for reconnaissance, search and rescue, and close air support missions.
India also offered Kenya’s military other defense equipment, including the Dhanush artillery gun and various small arms. The Dhanush, known for its accuracy and power, is a proven artillery system in service with the Indian Army.
This defense exhibition served as a platform for India to showcase its growing defense exports and forge closer military ties with Kenya. The offered equipment caters to Kenya’s specific needs and terrain, potentially strengthening its defense capabilities.
While the outcome of these offers remains to be seen, India’s participation in the Nairobi exhibition highlights its strategic intent to expand its defense partnerships in East Africa. Whether Kenya chooses to acquire the LCH Prachand and other equipment will depend on its evaluation and strategic requirements.