The Kenyan Army and Air Force held a combined demonstration on Friday (27 October) of their firepower capabilities.
GV Caribou and Beaver aircraft landing (2 shots)
GV Saracen tank
GV Other armoured vehicles
GV Observers seated and soldiers
CU British and French observers chatting
CU Ethiopian observer
CU Other officials
SV Mortar being fired and explosions in distance (3 shots)
GV Strikemaster aircraft strafing target (4 shots)
SV Observers and officers inspect troops in positions (3 shots)
SV & CU Target with bullet marks
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Background: The Kenyan Army and Air Force held a combined demonstration on Friday (27 October) of their firepower capabilities. The demonstration was the most expensive yet mounted by these forces, and the ammunition alone cost seventeen thousand pounds (sterling). French, British and Ethiopian military advisors joined Kenyan cabinet ministers and senior officers of the demonstration. Kenya's new Strikemaster aircraft were on hand for their first firepower display. The event was held in the Ithanga hills about 120 kilometres northeast of Nairobi. As well as showing kenya's military power, the demonstration was deigned as a major exercise for troops.
SYNOPSIS: Aircraft, tanks and troops of Kenya's military forces have just put on a major firepower demonstration. It was held in the Hills of Ithanga, about one hundred and twenty kilometres northeast of Nairobi. In normal war-games style, reconnaissance aircraft dropped their markers ready for the tanks and infantry to move in.
Kenyan Cabinet Ministers and military men wore there to see what the armed forces could do, and to judge the standard of training being attained French and British military advisors, too, were flown in, as was the Commander of the Ethiopian army, Lieutenant General Dubale.
The demonstration was the most expensive yet mounted; the ammunition alone cost seventeen thousand pounds.
Kenya's new Strikemaster aircraft were very much part of the display, using their air-to-ground capabilities against an imaginary opposing army. But part of the country's problem in mounting demonstrations of this nature is the shortage of suitable acreage in a nation where land is at a premium.
When the smoke cleared away the observers made a tour of the positions, chatting to he troops and taking a close look at the effects of Kenya's ground and air firepower.