US looking for Kenyan, Ugandan Huey flight simulators


The United States Army is looking to acquire a flight simulator for the Kenyan military’s UH-1H Huey II helicopters, with the possibility of acquiring one for Uganda as well.

In a notice added to the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website on 14 March, the US Army said it is conducting market research “to identify potential sources having an interest and industry technologies available to support/provide the Huey II Flight Training Device (FTD) in support of the Republic of Kenya with a potential option for an additional Huey II FTD for the Republic of Uganda.”

The FAA Level 5 flight training device should be able to train pilots and co-pilots. An initial 16 pilots would be trained on the simulator.

Bell Helicopters delivered the last of eight Huey II helicopters to the Kenyan Air Force in July 2017, for use against al Shabaab militants in Somalia. Uganda is due to receive five Huey IIs from the US this year – the aircraft completed their refurbishment in November 2017.