The induction ceremony was presided over by KAF Commander, Major General Francis Ogolla, who stated that the Kenya Air Force is proud to join other Air Forces around the globe that operate the plane. Ogolla also said that a team of pilots, loadmasters, and crew have already received specialized training on the C-27J.
The aircraft is expected to undergo acceptance trials before entering service with the Kenya Air Force. It is not clear when the third aircraft will be delivered.
The three C-27J Spartan will replace the four DHC-5 Buffalos currently in its inventory which were acquired more than 30 years ago. The Kenyan Air Force also possesses eleven new Chinese-made Harbin Y-12 transport planes and about three Canadian-built Bombardier Dash 8.