Sunday, May 26, 2013



Capital: Bishkek
Kyrgyzstan is landlocked
Bishkek is the capital and largest city in Kyrgyzstan, with around 1,250,000 people.
The Tian Shan mountain range covers about 80% of Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan is often referred to as the Switzerland of central Asia.

Ethnic fighting between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz in 2010.
April 2010 coup.

U.S. forces are no longer operating out of Manas Air Base (Manas International Airport), near Bishkek.  The lease ended in 2014.

Russian forces operate out of the 999th Air Base at Kant, in order to be a counter to the U.S. presence in Kyrgyzstan.

Air Force

MiG-21 fighter jets (operational?)-9
L-39 trainer/light attack aircraft (4)
Tu-154 transport aircraft (2)
Boeing 737 transport aircraft (1)
An-12 transport aircraft
An-26 transport aircraft (2)
Mi-24 attack helicopters

Mi-8 and Mi-17 transport helicopters (23)

Air Defense
SA-2 surface-to-air missiles

SA-3 surface-to-air missiles
SA-4 surface-to-air missiles
SA-7 surface-to-air missiles
S-60 towed anti-aircraft guns
ZSU-23-4 self propelled anti-aircraft guns
ZU-23 towed anti-aircraft guns

Kyrgyzstan is landlocked and has no naval forces.

About 8,500 active duty personnel with around 57,000 reserve
Large amount of weapons and equipment in storage.

T-72 tanks (150)
BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles (90)

BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles (230)
BTR-80 armored personnel carriers (10)
BTR-70 armored personnel carriers (25)
BTR-60 armored personnel carriers (53)
BRDM-2 armored reconnaissance vehicles (30)

BM-21 122mm multiple rocket launchers (15)

2S1 Gvozdika 122mm self propelled howitzers (18)
D-1 towed 152mm howitzers (16)
M-30 towed 122mm howitzers (35)
D-30 towed 122mm howitzers (72)
BS-3 towed 100mm guns (18)

2S9 Nona self propelled 12omm mortars (12)
Soltam M120 120mm mortars
2S12 120mm mortars

RPG-7 anti-tank rocket launchers

SPG-9 recoilless guns
AGS-17 automatic grenade launchers
AKM assault rifles
AK-74 assault rifles

Special Forces brigade

VSS Vintorez silenced sniper rifle
Green berets

Border Guard


Kyrgyzstan military pictures

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