The new president wants to add his own personal touch to Franco-Kenyan relations, which flourished under his predecessor. French diplomats and businesses have been updating their plans for Kenya after Ruto's recent trip to meet Emmanuel Macron in Paris.
Having faced criticism for more than a year, Katmerciler's June 2021 contract to supply 118 Hizir II armoured vehicles to the Kenya Defence Forces appears to have hit a dead end.
Kenya's intelligence agencies are on high alert to try to prevent attacks by radical Islamist groups aimed at destabilising the country in the run-up to general elections. The groups are suspected of targeting Nairobi and Mombasa and counties that lie on the border with Somalia.
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.
Defence companies Aselsan, Havelsan, Otokar and STM woo Rwandan military officials as part of Turkey's plan to become more influential in the Land of a Thousand Hills.
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.
Turkey's defence industry trade fair IDEF, the sector's major yearly event, held from 17 to 20 August in Istanbul, saw many African delegations roam the aisles of the Tüyap exhibition centre where models of aircraft, armoured vehicles, and above all drones, were on display.
As the Kenyan armed forces look to strengthen their capacities by acquiring more armoured vehicles, European rivals Excalibur and Mowag are taking a close interest in their plans to acquire 8x8 armoured combat vehicles, while Turkish companies are hoping to land orders for mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles.
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.
The Turkish firm's clinching of a $70m contract to supply 118 armoured vehicles left its US and South African competitors for dust and, after its recent success in Uganda, marks its continued expansion in East Africa.
The Kenya Defence Forces' tender for the supply of new MRAP armoured personnel carriers has caught the attention of several industry heavyweights.