Blocked by the Biden administration, US company Textron's bid to supply 50 armoured vehicles to Nairobi has come to nothing. This could be an opportunity for the two enterprising Turkish manufacturers Otokar and Katmerciler, as well as French company Arquus, to seize the opportunity.
Gambia has signed an agreement with Turkish parastatal Katmerciler in order to respond to the country's intention to increase the number of its peacekeepers in Africa. The armoured vehicle manufacturer is a pillar of President Erdogan's military and diplomatic offensive in East, and now also, West Africa.
The Turkish armoured vehicle manufacturer, which announced in early June that it had been chosen to deliver more than a hundred vehicles to the Kenya Defence Forces, is currently at a total standstill. The contract's completion is being hampered by technical elements that do not match the project specifications.
Turkish armoured vehicle manufacturer Katmerciler is negotiating a $30m contract to supply 50 Hizir armoured personnel carriers to the Kenyan police as the Kenyan army prepares to take delivery of 100 others. The Katmerci family's energetic sales drive is getting full backing from President Erdogan.
Diplomatic tensions between Kenya and Somalia have prompted the Kenya Air Force to bolster Nairobi's military deployment on the north-eastern border. And yet ironically, its aircraft will continue to patrol Somalian skies to support the Kenyan contingents within AMISOM.