America has said it will provide Uganda with $79million (Shs265bn) military aid which will see Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) receive five Huey-II helicopters.
The US Department of Defence announced Monday it had contracted an American firm Bell Helicopter, to produce and supply Uganda with five Huey II helicopters.
Susan Parker-Burns, the Public Affairs Officer at the US embassy in Kampala, told Daily Monitor, the choppers would aid UPDF to fight terrorism in the region.
This comes years after UPDF’s MI-24 choppers crashed in Kenya while on their way to fight Al Shabaab insurgents in Somalia under the UN sponsored African Union Mission (Amisom).
“The helicopters are not replacements but are to enhance the UPDF’s capabilities,” she told Daily Monitor.
She added: “The US government is pleased to provide five Huey-II helicopters, spare parts, and training to the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) for operations in support of Amisom”.
In February last year, America gave eight bullet proof Land cruiser SUV cars worth billions of shillings.
Lieutenant Colonel Giff Haddock of the US Army handed the vehicles to Joint Chief of Staff of the UPDF, Maj Gen Wilson Mbadi, saying they would help UPDF to build its capacity.