Russia to help Kazakhstan modernize Armed Forces 03 мая 2012, 15:59
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Kazakhstan is significantly modernizing its Armed Forces at present and Russia is ready to offer its’ most up-to-date armor to Kazakhstan. The samples will be presented at KADEX-2012 International Weapon and Armor Equipment Fair, Tengrinews.kz reports, citing Essen Topoyev, head of Russian delegation and RosoboronExport executive director’s adviser.
“Kazakhstan is working to bring its Armed Forces up to date. That’s why the country requires supplies of modern weaponry. First of all there will be changes in the Air Forces. Modern military aviation equipment will be provided to the Forces. Aero mobile forces will be reequipped as well; this will involve purchase of carriers and training aircrafts and helicopters,” he said.
According to Topoyev, who cited Kazakhstan Ministry of Defense, there will be significant changes in the Land Forces and Air Defense System. “We are also actively negotiating the possibility of equipping the Armed Forces with automated troop command and control system,” RosoboronExport expert said.
“RosoboronExport is ready to actively support Kazakhstan in all these directions in the framework of the strategic partnership. Kazakhstan Armed Forces will acquire an even more advanced, qualitatively new and up-to-date armor by 2015,” he said.
Russian weapons and military equipment samples that might be of interest for Kazakhstan will be presented at KADEX-2012 Fair that will be held in Astana on May 3-6. “For the first time Luchnik-E Air Defense Short-Range Missile System and ZU-23/30M1-3 modernized antiaircraft mount will be presented at the Fair,” he said.
Luchnik-E system is equipped with 16 missiles from Igla-S Portable Air Defense System and modern 24-hour optoelectronic target acquisition system that is able to follow four air targets at the same time.
ZU-23/30M1-3modernized mounting is equipped with Maugli-2M night vision siпрt and with a missile unit holding two Igla-S Portable Air Defense System missiles as well. “I am sure that this military equipment is highly attractive for export,” Topoyev said.