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Air show timed to 15th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s Air Defense Forces held near Astana 20 августа 2013, 14:12

Kazakhstan marked the 15th anniversary of establishment of its Air Defense Forces.
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Eurocopter EC145. Photo by Marat Abilov© Eurocopter EC145. Photo by Marat Abilov©
An air show timed to the 15th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s Air Defense Forces was held at the Military Base No.19132 near Astana, Tengrinews.kz reports. The air show was participated by a small aircrafts aerobatic team. Aviation training center pilots demonstrated a horizontal eight, a break up, a basic loop and release of two aircrafts from wedge formation at TL 2000 and TL 2003 planes. The show included an exhibition of the aircrafts fleet, including Airbus Military and Eurocopter EC145. Honor Guards of the Airmobile Forces and Military Division No. 68665 demonstrated their skills, Special Forces of the Military Division No. 68665 demonstrated close combat skills. “The personnel of the Air Defense Forces has always showed good results. This could be seen at the parade in May where the Supreme Commander-in-Chief Nursultan Nazarbayev highly assessed the actions of our personnel and the combat capacities of our aviation. I would like to congratulate all the citizens of Kazakhstan on the holiday, wish them peace and assure that the Air Defense Forces will always protect the peace in the sky of our country. "We are gradually rearming. New Eurocopter E145 helicopters have been purchased, as well as the new military aircrafts Airbus Military. This year we bought two of such planes. The further plan is to buy two aircrafts per year until we have the total of eight of them, thus updating the aviation fleet. We also plan to cooperate with this company and switch to larger aircrafts A400. There will also be some procurement for the front-line aviation that will be modernized until 2020 and until there is sufficient equipment for protection of our country,” the Commander-in-Chief of Kazakhstan’s Air Defense Forces Major General Nurlan Ormanbetov said at the official ceremony. According to him, the Air Defense Forces are equipped with modern aerial and ground weapons: new-generation MiG-31, MiG-29, Su-25 and Su-27 aircrafts capable of destroying air targets both in stratosphere and at small heights, Mu-24 attack helicopters, Mi-8, Mi-17V-5 and Mi-26 military helicopters, as well as C-200, C-125 MK, different modifications of C-75 and C-300 ground-to-air missile systems. The latter is capable of destroying modern aircrafts, strategic cruise missiles in the whole range of heights and speeds. He also added that the Government support to the Air Defense Forces enabled them to perform the set tasks at a high level, improve their combat skills and training activities and boost their military preparedness.

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