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Kazakhstan senator calls to giving up CIS-made military aircrafts

28 january 2013, 19:34
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Senator Gani Kassymov. Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©
Senator Gani Kassymov. Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©
AN-72 aircraft. Photo by donbiz.ru
AN-72 aircraft. Photo by donbiz.ru
Senator Gani Kassymov has asked Kazakhstan Prime-Minister Serik Akhmetov to consider stopping procurement of CIS-made military aircrafts for Kazakhstan army, special services and law-enforcement authorities, Tengrinews.kz reports.

In his address to the Prime-Minister Kassymov reminded of the airplane crash near Shymkent. “We have received the results of the investigation made by the General Prosecutor’s office. I would like to stress that in the current situation our military, law-enforcement authorities and special forces a bound by their regulations to purchase Soviet-made and CIS-made aircrafts. The type of the aircraft we are talking about was made in the 1990s, right before the collapse of the Soviet Union, when the former USSR lost all its economic relations and production of these aircrafts was established amid crisis conditions. And now we are buying these aircrafts,” Kassymov told Serik Akhmetov.

He then brought the statistics of crashes of the Soviet-made aircrafts.

“The Soviet aircrafts killed Poland’s administration, the whole Yaroslavl hockey team. These were the aircrafts made in the Soviet Union. But we will be buying the ones manufactured in the 1990s, which is even worse. All the best brains, especially those from technical and military areas, left post Soviet countries for America and Israel looking for a better life. The plants were suspended. And now we are buying the aircrafts from those plants. Perhaps, there is something to think about here. These are not new-generation aircrafts, they are outdated,” he said.

Reminding about another crash that happened to a helicopter in Astana, Kassymov suggested: “I am calling to consider taking our President as an example. When a similar risk was found for civil flights around 10 years ago he forbid to purchase CIS-made aircrafts. Now we have the civil fleet made of European Airbuses and America Boeings. The safety problem for civil aviation was solved back than. Now we have to apply these principles on the aircrafts used by military troops and special forces. We have no right to put our militarymen at risk anymore,” the Senator said.


By Renat Tashkinbayev

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