Kenya defense forces naval wing and the South African Defense Forces naval arm are in secret negotiations to start building armed naval ships to increase their maritime capability, according to intelligence reports.
Though the two defense departments are in the early stages of creating a partnership, there are high possibilities that the project will consummate and rolled out in the very near future.
South Africa built a naval ship in 1984 and the ship is still in use. South Africa is one of the leading defense equipment manufacturers in the world having successfully developed nuclear technology, armed personnel carriers, helicopters, guns, among other defense equipment.
Piracy is one of the factors the defense departments are giving priority in their efforts to come up with a good maritime defense shield.
The Kenya navy is the largest and most capable navy in East Africa but was let down by the Euro-Marine KNS Jasiri class ships which was supposed to have met the mentioned capabilities.
Kenya navy would significantly benefit if the project materializes in time.