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In a significant stride towards enhancing its defense capabilities, Kenya is exploring the procurement of the LCH Prachand multi-role light attack helicopter from India. Aden Bare Duale, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Defence, is currently in India and is set to visit the state-owned facility of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bangalore. During this visit, he will be introduced to the LCH Prachand helicopter, a state-of-the-art aircraft that could potentially bolster Kenya’s security infrastructure.

The Kenya Defence Force (KDF) has exhibited keen interest in acquiring the LCH Prachand helicopter from India under the Line of Credit framework. This initiative offers countries, especially African nations, the opportunity to procure Indian-developed military equipment and weaponry through flexible repayment options. This approach enables nations to acquire the advanced tools they need to ensure their security and defense capabilities.

Currently, the KDF operates MD 530F light scout attack helicopters as part of its arsenal. These helicopters have played a crucial role in the fight against al Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab, an Islamist group that has sought to impose its radical interpretation of Islam on Somalia and has targeted Kenya in the past.

The LCH Prachand helicopter, developed by HAL, falls into the 5.8-tonne class combat helicopter category. It boasts a versatile range of capabilities, including robust armor protection, advanced navigation systems, and formidable night attack capabilities. Additionally, the helicopter is equipped with modern stealth characteristics and tailored weaponry for close combat. Its air-to-air missiles further solidify its suitability for contemporary battlefields.

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