Kenya Trade Mission: Live Airborne ISR demo
Client: UKTI Trade Mission
Contract Date: 2015
The first UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Defence & Security Trade Mission to Kenya took place in Nairobi 28 – 29 January 2015. The Mission, the first of its kind to Kenya, brought a trade delegation of 17 leading UK companies (including 3SDL) from across the Defence & Security Sector, all seeking to do new business in Kenya.
The British High Commissioner, Dr. Christian Turner, hosted a briefing for media in Nairobi discussing UK/Kenya security co-operation across a broad range of areas, focused on building Kenya’s capacity to tackle threats through the provision of expertise, technology and equipment.
During the event, 3SDL flew a live ISR demonstration sortie over central Nairobi, using a Diamond Executive Aviation (DEA) DA42 MPP fitted with a 3SDL MX15 HDi EO/IR turret and FMV downlink capability. The demonstration provided High Definition EO and IR imagery that showcased a real-time capability that could be used for a wide variety of tasks in Kenya, such as Conservation, KMoD ISR Training, Border Security and Internal Security.
3SDL was represented by Andy Mewes and Max Seaman, who fielded enquiries from a wide variety of Kenyan state authorities as well as a large number of private security and risk management companies with interests across Africa. 3SDL supported the event in-country from their ongoing world-wide contract with the British Army’s Collective Training Group (CTG) for live FMV/ISR and Close Air Support (CAS) Emulation. 3SDL has been supporting British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) in Nanyuki and Archer’s Post for almost 3 years, and been awarded 3 consecutive contracts to provide live FMV/ISR, ISR training, and CAS emulation. 3SDL is accredited by the UK’s Joint Air Land Organisation (JALO), in order to allow deployed Forward Air Controllers to log all ‘controls’ for currency.
The UKTI Defence & Security Mission aimed to increase the UK’s share of the defence and security market in Kenya by helping UK companies provide cutting-edge capabilities in areas including: Counter Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) and Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD); border security; forensics; and counter poaching.
The event was also attended by ICT Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi, and representatives from the military including Maj. Gen. Robert Kibochi (Asst. Chief of Defence Forces, Operations, Training, Doctrine and Planning), and Maj. O. O. Opiyo (Strategic Policy).
3SDL is will be supporting 2 SCOTS Battlegroup in Archer’s Post during BATUK’s EX ASKARI STORM until late February 2015, when they will be replaced by the 1 LANCS Battlegroup.