CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

Kenya Defence Forces to Improve Aerial Operations Through New Weather System

For many years the Kenya Defence Force has been relying on data from civilian weather systems which could be a little bit time consuming. Recently however a team from Combined Joint System Task Force from the Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) installed a new weather system at the Kenyan Millitary Airport in Nairobi to help the KDF team improve on its future missions.

The system, officially called the TMQ-53 Tactical Meteorological Observing System, assists war planners and combat weather teams through a collection of weather sensors connected to a computer. The system uses low earth orbiting satellites to collect data enabling the transmission of mission critical weather data within an hour after receiving it.

TMQ-53 also provides current weather conditions to the Kenya Defence Forces, which will enhance the safety of future missions.

According to the U.S Navy Lt. Cmdr. Rachel Martin, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Joint Meteorological and Oceanographic officer, enhancing safety and effectiveness of KDF's ground and air operations was one of many positive results of the mil-to-mil engagement ,"

The team behind the installation of the system included, U.S service members from J3 Meteorological and Oceanographic Office J3 Special Operations Command and Control Element Weather System and Support Cadre and the 411 th Civil Affairs Battalion

Also joining the mission with METOC were J3 WSSC technicians to help install and provide working knowledge to the KDF Soldiers.

Senior Airman Michael Becker the cadre's lead technician explained how TMQ-53 system worked to the KDF personnel .He also added that working with the KDF would certainly help them build trust with the soldiers and also work together in future missions.

CJTF-HOA supports partner nations such as Kenyan military in military to military engagements in order to defeat violent extremist organisations in East Africa.

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