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.
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.
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.