Lawmakers led by Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) request a congressional investigation of a $418 million weapons sale to Kenya.
This allows Kenya to buy 14 weaponized crop-duster-like planes — including two trainer planes—for missions against terrorist group al-Shabaab, a Salafist jihadist fundamentalist group from East Africa.
According to Reuters, The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced the sale’s approval for 12 Air Tractor AT-802L planes and two AT-504 trainer aircraft, a weapons package, technical support and program management, via L3 Technologies Inc., It was approved by the State Department and then Congress was notified on January 19.
This sale occurred on the last day of the Obama administration with a public announcement the Monday post Trump’s inauguration.
The biggest problem: why was the contract to produce the planes was awarded to major defense firm L3 Technologies? It allegedly never produced this kind of plane. The projected cost: $237 million dollars for 14 planes. Lawmakers protest a smaller, disabled veteran-owned company in North Carolina creates those planes at a lower cost was not considered.
GOP congressmen plan to request a non-partisan investigation.
Allegedly lawmakers have tried to figure out how the New York-based L3 received the “sole-source” primary contract. Allegedly the Air Force acquisition office, known as the “Big Safari” at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, steered the contract to L3.