DEPUTY President William Ruto is now the proud owner of the most expensive chopper in Kenya.
According to sources close to the Office of the Deputy President, Ruto has bought the Airbus Helicopter H145. The chopper is undergoing customization and will be delivered to Kenya in June 2018.
Ruto will be the only private individual with such a chopper which can operate even at night. Only the KDF and the Kenya Police have choppers with night vision capabilities.
According to Business Jet Traveler magazine (www.bjtonline.com) a new H145 helicopter costs 9.7 million USD ( about 970 million Kenya shillings) which basically translate to about well over Kshs 1.5 Billion after tax.
It has a range of 260 nautical miles (480km) and can carry up to eight passengers.
Designed to deliver excellent performance throughout the flight envelope, Airbus’ H145 is the latest member of its 4-tonne-class twin-engine rotorcraft product range – with designed-in
The H145 is favoured by forces for roles such as patrol, surveillance, and rescue missions. Supported by the roomy, flexible cabin, and installation of forward-looking infrared (FLIR) and daylight cameras.
Other equipment opportunities include a powerful searchlight, external hoist, and simultaneous external roping capability for two people – one on each side. Additional equipment includes a tactical mission management system, connectivity features and an EOS (electro-optical system) digital camera.
Further contributing to the helicopter’s operational flexibility is its night vision goggle-compatible cockpit with a night vision imaging system (NVIS).