US GAO finds $418m Air Tractor aircraft sale to Kenya consistent with FMS process


The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that the proposed foreign military sale (FMS) of Air Tractor AT- 802L aircraft to Kenya is consistent with the standard Foreign Military Sales process.

In January, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a potential $418m sale of Air Tractor aircraft to Kenya, Africa.

The sale comprised 12 Air Tractor AT- 802L and two AT-504 trainer aircraft, while it also included a weapons package, technical support and programme management.

A review was conducted by the GAO to investigate facts and circumstances associated with the proposed sale of aircraft to the Government of Kenya.

The GAO assessed key acquisition documentation such as the Letters of Request from the Kenyan Government, the subsequent Letter of Offer and Acceptance from the US Government, and other Department of Defense (DoD) documentation relevant to the FMS process.

"No recommendations have been made by the GAO with regard to the sale of the AT- 802L aircraft."

The government agency also interviewed officials from the airforce, Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), a security cooperation organisation in Kenya, and the Department of State.

The DoD's Security Assistance Management Manual, which guides day-to-day management of the FMS programme, was also under scrutiny.

No recommendations have been made by the GAO with regard to the sale of the AT- 802L aircraft.

Kenya sought to procure the AT-802L aircraft to support its anti-terrorism efforts.

The addition of the Air Tractor aircraft is also expected to maximise the Kenyan Defense Force's Close Air Support (CAS) ability because of its short-field aircraft capability when using precision munitions and its cost-effective logistics and maintenance.