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    The United States Secretary for Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, announced the sale of 12 supersonic Northrop F.5 fighter aircraft to Kenya after talks with government leaders in Nairobi on Wednesday (16 June).

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    The United States Secretary for Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, announced the sale of 12 supersonic Northrop F.5 fighter aircraft to Kenya after talks with government leaders in Nairobi on Wednesday (16 June).

    SYNOPSIS: The sale was not unexpected. Before the U.s. Defence Secretary arrived in Kenya on Tuesday, there were reports that America was planning such a deal. The announcement followed talks between Mr. Rumsfeld and Kenyan Defence Minister, James Gichuru. Reuters said the sale was seen by kenyan and U.S. officials as a first step toward enabling Kenya to strike a military balance with neighbouring Somalia and Uganda.

    According to U.. Defence Department officials, the deal is the largest ever between Washington, and an emerging African nation. There is increasing American concern over Soviet Union military aid to Somalia. And both Uganda and Somalia have laid claim to Kenyan territory in the past.

    Mr. Rumsfeld also had talks with Kenya's acting Foreign Minister, Mr. James Osogo, and Kenyan Finance Minister, Mr. Mwai Kibaki.

    According to Kenyan Government officials, their discussions centred on defence aid. However, the U.S. - Kenya deal for aircraft still requires the approval from the U.S. Congress. The aircraft has remarkable fire power. It can carry over three tons of weapons, and was used with devastating effect in the Vietnam war. The twin engined jet is known as the "freedom Fighter" and will replace Kenya's ageing British-made Hawker Hunters. Final details of the agreement have still to be worked out, and delivery of the planes will depend on the final U.S. assessment of Kenya's security problems.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3W3I96MOQYP4PVYMYPBZUWG4K
    Media URN:
    VLVA3W3I96MOQYP4PVYMYPBZUWG4K
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/06/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
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    N/A

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