Not much is known about LRS, what is not in doubt is, they are deadly and lethal. They are one of the most respected and feared in Kenya and Africa at large. Long Range Surveillance (LRS) team is a highly secretive unit which forms part of Kenya Defense Forces Special Force units.
Its men and women carry out difficult long range, secret military missions, often in small units because success is not an option to them. Their end game includes gathering information behind enemy lines, where convectional soldiers can’t access.
They track down and identity enemy hideouts and camps for ambush. “The unit can also be used in tracking high value enemy operatives for elimination or with the objective of collecting intelligence,” Sunday Nation publication reads in part.
Elite soldiers from this Unit are trained to do small unit long range surveillance patrol on the ground inside enemy’s territory without being noticed. Usually the teams conduct the missions on foot and have to perfect the art of camouflage on all kinds of terrain to avoid enemy retaliation attacks in a hostile area.
They must get to the heart of the enemy, and collect relevant information such as the residence of an enemy commander, location of enemy units, their armory and possible weapons, and their size or strength.
Even the good soldiers don’t make it to this deadly unit, only the best of the best makes it. Their activities are physically and psychologically draining. Mental, and physical strength is key. Once they get the information they relay the same to the units carrying the attacks such as Long Range Artillery units or KDF Rangers.
And for these reasons they are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment like satellite phones, laser pointers for drones, GPS transmitters and radio’s.
They train alongside Americans and Britons in Kenya, and outside Kenya. Their number, and training activities are classified.