13 July 2017 (SofoNews) – The Kenyan Air Force is set to receive an undisclosed number of second-hand Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters from the Kingdom of Jordan. The attack helicopters are slotted to be used in support of Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) assigned to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in the fight against the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group Harakat al-Shabaab operating in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia.
The Cobra, which was deigned and built by the U.S. company Bell Helicopters, first saw service in the Vietnam War and has seen several variant updates since its maiden combat flight in 1967. The Cobra was the ‘go-to’ attack helicopter for the U.S. Army for decades until it was replaced by the lethal AH-64 Apache. However, the Cobra still logged combat sorties in Afghanistan and Iraq during the height of the Global War on Terror and is still the primary attack helicopter for the United States Marine Corps.