MilitaryKenya boosts pilot training with additional Grob trainers

Kenya boosts pilot training with additional Grob trainers

Kenyan Air Force (KAF) is now flying a fresh batch of German-made Grob G120TP turboprop trainers to complement its other G120A-K piston-engined trainers.

Nine new German G120TP turboprop trainers left the Grob factory in Germany and arriving in Kenya on 19 August, after leapfrogging from Crete, Egypt, Djibouti, and Ethiopia before arriving in Kenya.

The piston engine version of the aircraft; the G120A-K first entered service in Keny in December 2013, replacing ten older Scottish Aviation Bulldogs for basic training.

At the time, the Kenyan Air Force became the first to operate the type in Africa. One of the aircraft subsequently suffered a crash on 8 March 2018.

The newer version of the type; the G120TP is powered by the Rolls-Royce M250-B17F turbine engine, rated at 380 shp for a maximum cruise.

The type has been successfully exported to Argentina, Ecuador, Indonesia, Mexico, Myanmar, and Jordan.

Ekene Lionelhttp://www.theaviator.co.ug
Ekene Lionel is an author for The Aviator Africa, covering military aviation. He has worked as a journalist and defense tech writer for 5 years, much of that time focusing on military and emerging technologies.

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