Sunday, May 26, 2013



Capital: Nur Sultan (previously named Astana)
The largest city in Kazakhstan is Almaty.
Large open steppes

A sun with 40 rays and the Berkut or “Golden Eagle” are the national symbols of Kazakhstan.
Constitution Day- August 30


About 65,000 total active duty military personnel with around 237,000 in reserve (2004)
Inherited a large amount of equipment after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Air Force

MiG-31 fighter aircraft (42)

MiG-29 fighter aircraft (34)

MiG-23UB trainer aircraft (3)
MiG-27 attack aircraft (12)
SU-27 fighter aircraft (47)
SU-25 attack aircraft (18)
SU-24 attack aircraft (40)

L-39 trainer aircraft (20)
An-12 transport aircraft (2)
An-26 transport aircraft (7)
CASA C-295 transport aircraft (2)

Mi-24 attack helicopters (36)
Mi-8 transport helicopters

Mi-26 transport helicopters

UH-1 helicopters

EC 145 helicopters (2)

MiG-25 aircraft (16 retired?)

Wing Loong Chinese made unmanned aerial vehicles

Orlan 10 unmanned aerial vehicles

Skylark unmanned aerial vehicles

Air Defense
S-300PMU-2 Favorite (8)
S-300PS surface-to-air missiles (5)

SA-2 (S-75) surface-to-air missiles
SA-3 (S-125) surface-to-air missiles
SA-5 (S-200) surface-to-air missiles

SA-13 (9K35 Strela 10) surface-to-air missiles

SA-18 (9K38 Igla) surface-to-air missiles
ZU-23 surface-to-air missiles

4,000 personnel

Naval forces operate on the Caspian Sea
Also charged with the maritime security of offshore oil rigs
Naval base at Aktou

Kazakhstan Class Missile boat (1)
Corvettes (6)?
Patrol Boats (12)

Naval Infantry
Wear black berets

Inherited large powerful units from the former Soviet Unions 40th Army and part of the 17th Corps. This also included storage facilities.

T-72 tanks (980)

T-62 tanks (280)
T-54/T-55 tanks (540)
BMP-T “Terminator” (10)

BMP-2 and BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles (1430)

MT-LB armored personnel carriers (680)

BTR-82 armored personnel carriers

BTR-80A armored personnel carriers  (107)

BTR-70 armored personnel carriers (190)
BTR-50 and BTR-60 armored personnel carriers (30)
BRDM-2 armored reconnaissance vehicles (140)
BRM (140)
BTR-4 (4 on order)
BTR-3 (2)
Otokar Cobra (30)

BPM-97 (KAMAZ 43269) 4x4 wheeled armored vehicles -80

Vehicles produced by KPE but may not have been excepted into the Kazakhstan military yet:
BARYS 8x8 armored personnel carriers.  May be armed with a 30mm canon.
BARYS 6x6 armored personnel carriers.  May be armed with a 30mm canon.
NOMAD 4x4 armored personnel carriers.  
ARLAN 4x4 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.  
ALAN 4x4 light armored vehicles.  

GAZ-2330 TIGR (100)

HMMWV utility vehicles (51)

Land Rover tactical vehicles

2S4 Tyulpan self propelled 240mm mortars

2S9 Nona self propelled 120mm mortars
120mm mortars

D-30 towed 122mm howitzers
D-20 towed 152mm gun/howitzers
2A65 towed 152mm howitzers
2A36 towed 152mm guns

2S1 122mm self propelled howitzers
2S3 152mm self propelled howitzers

Naiza (“Lance”) multiple rocket launchers. Mounted on 8x8 KamAZ 63502 truck. Similar to the Lynx system. Fires 40 (2x20) 122mm Grad rockets, 26 (2x13) 160mm LAR rockets, 10 (2x5) 220mm rockets, or 8 (2x4) 306mm EXTRA rockets. Developed by IMI for Kazakhstan.

BM-30 Smerch multiple rocket launchers (15)

BM-27 Uragan multiple rocket launchers (180)
BM-14 140mm multiple rocket launchers
BM-21 122mm multiple rocket launchers. (150)
Type 63 towed 107mm multiple rocket launchers.
TOS-1 thermobaric multiple rocket launchers (3)

SS-1B Scud missiles short range ballistic missiles

SS-21 scarab (OTR-21 Tochka) short range ballistic missiles (45)


GLX 160 under barrel grenade launcher used on the ARX-160 assault rifle.

AKM assault rifles
AK-74 assault rifles
Beretta ARX-160 assault rifles. Used by Special Forces.

Military Police?

Airborne forces
Wear light blue berets

Spetsnaz (Special Forces)
Wear red berets

Republican Guard
Under the Ministry of the Interior
Stationed in Astana and Almaty.
Considered an elite combat force. Wear camouflage uniforms. AK-47 and AKM assault rifles, Dragunov sniper rifles.
Two brigades in size. About 2,000 personnel.
Includes an honor guard with blue green uniforms and ceremonial SKS rifles.

Ministry of Emergency Situations
Orange beret?

KNB- National Security Committee

Includes an elite commando force called the Arystan (Lions)

Kazakhstan Military pictures

CompaniesKazakhstan Aselsan Engineering (KAE)- Joint venture between Aselsan of Turkey and Kazakhstan Engineering. Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE)- Joint venture between Paramount Group of South Africa and Kazakhstan Engineering.
Kazakhstan Engineering 811 Automobile Repair Plant

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