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Kenya Air Force receives first C-145 aircraft


The Kenya Air Force took delivery of its first C-145 Skytruck transport aircraft from the United States.

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Kenya Air Force receives first C 145 aircraft C-145A (Picture source: US Air Force)


The C-145A is a twin-engine, high-wing aircraft with twin vertical fins and a non-retractable tricycle landing gear capable of short takeoff and landings to unprepared runways. The C-145 is reconfigurable to support both airland and airdrop of cargo (max 2,400 lbs) and personnel, casualty evacuation, combat search and rescue, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. The C‑145A can carry a maximum of 16 passengers or 10 combat rigged paratroopers. Maximum cargo weight is 5,000 lbs, or up to four litter patients. Missions can be conducted to prepared and semi-prepared airfields around the world.

In August 2016 the United States allocated three surplus C-145As to Kenya, after it had requested six under the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) programme. They are worth $9 million (versus the $30 million spent on their acquisition). The EDA database lists three aircraft delivered to Kenya.

The United States also approved the transfer of two C-145As to Costa Rica, two C-145As to Estonia and two to Nepal.