Airborne support to British Army in Kenya
Contract Date: 2012 – ongoing
The British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) had an urgent requirement to deliver realistic, affordable, and reliable airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Close Air Support (CAS). We needed to emulate many different military capabilities, from unmanned drones to Fast Jet attack aircrafts but only using one aircraft.
Never shy of a challenge, when asked to deploy ASAP – we were in Kenya within 3 weeks! This was no easy task, since we were deploying, not only a state-of-the-art modern aircraft and a highly sophisticated surveillance camera, but also all the necessary communications and data-link equipment, across 3 Continents and 7 different countries!
This had never been done before. We overcame a steep learning curve.
3SDL supplied highly experienced ex-military fast jet aircrew and a Ground Liaison Officer.
Our main role has been to provide video imagery and appropriate radio communications emulating military platforms, and to provide highly useful intelligence information supporting senior commanders’ decision-making. We have also designed and coordinated a highly integrated and very flexible ‘air battle-space’ and airspace plan, so we are able to provide high-quality imagery and fly the aircraft perfectly safely, even when training ground troops firing live weapons. We are proud to provide realistic pre-deployment training for frontline units deploying across the world.
Our team’s proven capability helped win a 4-year follow-on contract. We are currently running another exercise, where we continue our important role in contributing to the effective Defence of the United Kingdom.