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Three Ugandan Choppers go missing in Kenyan Airspace!

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    Bukyanagandi JF-Expert Member

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    It has been reported over the airwaves that three Ugandan Helicopters have gone missing over Kenyan Airspace!! Details later.
     
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    It has been reported over the airwaves that three Ugandan Helicopters have gone missing over Kenyan Airspace!! Details to follow.
     
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    It has been reported over the airwaves, that three Ugandan Choppers have gone missing over Kenyan Airspace!! - details later.
     
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    Je Al-Shaab wanaweza kuwa wamehusika na kupotea kwa chopper hizo nini, nasikia moja imefanikiwa kutua Kisumayu? Habari zenyewe haziko kamili nilikuwa nasikiliza/angalia CITIZEN TV ya Kenya hawakutoa ufafanuzi kamili.
     
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    unlikely, call it a technical mishap on the choppers side but lets wait for the official KDF/UPDF communique on the matter. Lets hope for the best. Alshbaabs capacity inside Kenya is zero, suicide missions are their new modus operandi.
     
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    Taken down by KDF SAMs?:hat:
     
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    Habari za saa hizi Livefire, you are right I don't think Al-Shabaab have means/capability of bringing down a flying TANK - Technical mishap on the choppers could be the most likely culprit.
     
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    unlikely....this excerpt will do for now.

    Intelligence briefs confirmed by Strategic
    Intelligence confirm that Ugandan air-force
    helicopters have gone missing in Kenyan
    airspace while one has landed in Wajir
    military air-base
    Intelligence reports confirm the landing of
    one Ugandan defense forces attack
    helicopter at Wajir military air-base in Kenya
    while 3-other attack helicopters have gone
    missing in the Kenyan air-space.
    Kenyan intelligence and military were aware
    of the flight path to be used by the Ugandan
    who were about to deploy the airforce
    gunship helicopters in Somalia.
    The Mil Mi-24 (NATO reporting name: Hind)
    is a large, heavy helicopter gunship and
    attack helicopter and 8-troop capacity war
    craft produced by Mil Moscow Helicopter
    Plant and operated since 1972 by the Soviet
    Air Force.
    Uganda had acquired Mil-24 Hinds most of
    which were unserviceable but later
    contracted Russian experts to refurbish
    them at Soroti Flying School.
    UPDF-AMISOM has been in Somalia for more
    than half a decade and has struggled to
    make headway outside the Mogadishu
    corridor successfully.
    Courtsey of Strategic Intelligence News
     
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    Mostly unlikely mkuu, Kenyas and Ugandans are not at loggerheads; mbona wanashirikiana huko Somalia.
     
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    Flying tank indeed, Hind is the most feared chopper in modern warfare ...
     
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    Wana vijibeef vya chinichini...:hat:
     
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    Thanks for the info


    I suspect the Russian "experts" contracted to refurbish choppers may have done it shoddly!!

    Come again Livefire! Unasema UPDF-AMISON has been in Somalia for how long?? >5 years!!! oh, what a folly?
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    hehe...Bukyanagandi you are in disbelief? Relax, its since 2007.

    http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/633478-updf-sends-3-200-more-troops-to-somalia.html
     
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    Read the stuff alright, it says 'army reserves' does it mean young men sent to SOMALIA by G.O.U are not regular SOLDIERS!!!
     
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    KAMPALA (Reuters) – A number of Ugandan
    military helicopters went missing in Kenyan
    airspace on Sunday on their way to Somalia
    to reinforce African Union peacekeeping
    forces battling al Shabaab rebels, the
    Ugandan military said.
    The military told Reuters that a team of
    helicopters had left a base in the Ugandan
    city of Entebbe but only one had landed in
    the Kenyan town of Wajir, where they were
    scheduled to refuel before flying on to
    Somalia.
    The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF)
    said they had no details about what had
    happened to the rest of the helicopters.
    They did not say how many were missing or
    how many people were on board.
    “The search is going on, we don’t know
    what exactly happened but we are
    investigating it and we will let you know
    when I get adequate information,” said Felix
    Kulayigye, UPDF spokesman.
    Ugandan troops form the backbone of the
    African Union peacekeeping force (AMISOM)
    in Somalia. The air force said on August7
    that it was deploying transport and combat
    helicopters into Somalia to beef up the force.
    The AU force, which also comprises of
    Kenyan and Burundian soldiers, is planning
    an onslaught on Kismayu, Somalia’s second
    biggest city, which is a hub for the al Qaeda-
    linked al Shabaab Islamist militants, before
    August 20.
    Weakened by internal divisions and financial
    constraints, the rebels have surrendered
    territory in Mogadishu, central and southern
    Somalia where they are also battling
    Ethiopian forces.
    A U.S.-backed plan calls for Somalia to
    establish a legitimate government accepted
    by fractious clans and a new parliament and
    constituent assembly to replace institutions
    plagued by corruption and infighting.
    The National Constituent Assembly, sitting in
    Mogadishu early this month, approved a
    provisional constitution to replace an 8-
    year-old Transitional Federal Charter and
    lead to the end of the transition process on
    August 20, when the mandate of the U.N.-
    backed government expires.
    (Reporting by Justin Dralaze; Writing by
    Duncan Miriri; Editing by Alessandra Rizzo)
     
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    Hapo ndio mtajuwa maana ya Allahu Akbar!
     
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    i am not well versed with Ugandan military formations but they have one distinct battalion, UGABAG6 trained by the USA and deployed wholly in somalia, mayb they now have a new crop of soldiers. I presume this batch is what formed the bulk 3K plus soldiers. About ''reserve force'', i really dont know what the colonel was alluding to....maybe surplus soldiers yet to be deployed.
     
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    Two of the missing Ugandan attack
    helicopters which went off the radar on
    Sunday as they flew to Somalia to shore up
    the final attack on the port city of Kismayu
    have been sighted after crash.
    Kenya's Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said
    in brief statement: "one has been sighted on
    Mt Kenya and another in Meru area." We are
    still trying to find out finer details of the
    crash and the search and rescue missions
    are on-going."
    The choppers three are said to have gone
    missing within Kenyan airspace as they flew
    to Somalia, a source said.
    A search on the three MI-23, which
    disappeared was concentrated near Mt
    Kenya while a fourth one landed in Wajir,
    initial reports said.
    The Kenya Defence Forces officials
    confirmed the incident but referred
    journalists to the police saying the incident
    was a homeland matter.
    “It's true an incident happened on the
    choppers but talk to the police or Ugandans
    themselves. The matter is more of a
    homeland,” said a senior military officer
    who asked not to be named.
    Kiraithe asked for more time to get detailed
    information on the incidents before making
    a full statement on the circumstances.
    It is not yet clear on what happened to the
    helicopters. The choppers were apparently
    headed for Baidoa in Somalia.
    The Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF)
    said a team of helicopters had left a base in
    the Ugandan city of Entebbe but that only
    one had landed in the Kenyan town of Wajir,
    where they were scheduled to refuel before
    flying on to Somalia.
    UPDF did not say how many helicopters
    were missing or how many people were on
    board.
    "The search is going on, we don't know
    what exactly happened but we are
    investigating it and we will let you know
    when I get adequate information," UPDF
    spokesman Felix Kulayigye told Reuters.
    This comes at a time when the long-planned
    assault on Somalia’s southern port town of
    Kismayu by the Kenya Defence Forces and
    their Amisom allies is probably only days
    away in what will be a decisive week for
    Somalia.
     
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    I see!
     
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    he he...brother u are not giving me much insight, do u know sth i dont as partaining to UPDF deployment in somalia? Date of deployment and any unit aside UGABAG6 (specialised brigade)?
     
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