The KDF is arguably one of the best military in Africa. KDF has 25,000 active personnel, less than any of the major East African countries. Tanzania has 30,000 while Uganda has 45,000.Ethiopia however dwarfs everyone, with a 185,000 strong military force.Yet, despite the huge numbers of our neighbours’ defense forces personnel, you would have to combine their total defense budgets to reach KDF’s annual defense budget. Ethiopia for instance is about a third Kenya’s.
It’s a no brainer that with such a large army but with so little money, most of the resources will be directed towards personnel and not weapons. In the region, KDF therefore has the most advanced weapons.Take for instance the FN SCAR rifle. SCAR is an abbreviation for Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle. This is among the most powerful rifles in the world and its only Kenya in Africa which can afford it due to costs incurred. It costs around ksh 300,000 to get single unit of the gun which makes its price on same level as vehicle.
The special operations forces combat assault Rifle is used by only the following countries.
Most powerful rifles in the world
3. FN FNC
4. Steyr Aug
6. M4 carbine
9. M1 Garand