Details of KDF's New Ksh7.7B Armoured Vehicles (PHOTOS)

The deal is worth Ksh7.7 billion, which puts the cost of just one of the off road vehicles at Ksh65 million.

Details of KDF's New Ksh7.7B Armoured Vehicles (PHOTOS)

Kenya's recent order for more that 118 special purpose armoured vehicles is part of its efforts to bolster the vehicular warfare that already exists amongst the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF).

Turkey’s state-owned media house Anadolu announced on Friday, June 11 that one of its local defence contractors secured the new deal, making Kenya the 3rd country in the world to acquire the 4x4 Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicles.

The deal is worth Ksh7.7 billion, which puts the cost of just one of the off road vehicles at Ksh65 million.

A fleet of Hizir 4x4 Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicles that will be added to Kenya Defence Forces (KDF)'s fleet. /FILE

“Our Hizir 4x4 Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicle has been hailed all over Africa. Our expansion in the African market continues,” stated Furkan Katmerci, the deputy chairman of the company.

The company also added that the delivery of the special purpose personnel carriers will take at least 2 years.

Showcasing a Hizir 4x4 Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicle. /FILE

Functionality of KDF's new armoured vehicles

The vehicle is one of the new utilities that will bolster operations involving KDF forces.

This is due to the fact that despite being a personnel carrier, it can be used in highly advanced operations such as a combat and command control vehicle, weapon carrier (easy integration of various weapon systems), ambulance vehicle, border security vehicle, reconnaissance vehicle as well as a CBRN vehicle.

A CBRN vehicle means it can be used in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense.

The defence force has lately seen its soldiers killed by improvised explosive devices and other threats in the movement of its personnel thus the need to acquire the advanced machinery.

One of the Hizir 4x4 Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicles. /FILE

KDF Spokesperson Zipporah Kioko revealed in January that the country is focused on ensuring the survivability of its troops deployed in the fight against Al-Shabaab militants from Somalia.

“The Kenyan Army thus made a critical assessment and established that the contemporary operating environment has evolved significantly with major threats to the APCs being Vehicle Borne IEDs (VBIEDs), directional IEDs and IEDs reinforced with complex ambushes,” stated Kioko.

Two firms, one from South Africa and another from North America had also applied for the tender to supply Kenya with the APCs.

Vehicle Specifications

Depending on the operational requirements, it can be fitted with a 12.7mm machine gun, 40mm automatic grenade launcher or 7.62mm machine gun. The vehicle has a maximum speed of 120km/h, which matches that of a Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) train.

The APCs have fire-on-the-move capability, day and night imagery, automatic target tracking, laser range finder for accurate ballistics, and last round warning for when weapon is close to running out of ammunition.

The weapon station provides a perfect match for integration onto tactical vehicles, fixed surveillance posts, towers and critical infrastructures.

One of the Hizir 4x4 Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicles in operation. /FILE