13/06/2017 14:52

Reliable stronghold of Independence and Security

«Our Armed Forces will always be an indestructible stronghold of independence, peace and amity in our society».

N.Nazarbayev

The most important basis of independence in any society is a strong army, ensuring the security of borders, the whole country and every citizen.

These days our country celebrates a special anniversary – 25th Anniversary     of the Armed Forces. On seventh of May 1992 the glorious history of Kazakhstani Armed Forces began – the Head of the country signed the historic decree “On the establishment of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan”. This was a significant milestone in the history of independent Kazakhstan.

Starting from the first days of independence, the President of Kazakhstan paid a paramount importance to a strategic planning in the country’s development, and its consistent implementation. This fully applies to the development of the Armed Forces.

Today, after a quarter of a century, we can proudly say that our army is powerful, compact and one of the strongest, combat-ready, professional and well equipped. It adequately solves all the tasks set, provides irreproachably the military security of the state and reliably stands guard over the Motherland.

During these years, the skill of Kazakhstani soldiers has significantly increased; the structure of the armed forces has been improved. The combat readiness of troops and their mobility are steadily increasing.

The modern Armed Forces of Kazakhstan have become a reliable stronghold of our independence and security. All combat power and training of soldiers of the Kazakh army will be demonstrated on these days in May at the Military Parade. Over the 25-year period, the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan under the leadership of the President of the country N.Nazarbayev – Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan – went through a difficult path of development. With the acquisition of independence by the Republic of Kazakhstan, one of the priority tasks of the formation of its statehood was the creation of a combat-ready army, capable of protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state.

This is confirmed by the data of the global military power rating Global Firepower. In the last two years – from 2014 to 2016 – the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan rose to 27 lines, firmly holding 53rd place among 126 countries around the world.

Behind the figures of the ranking, there are concrete work and achievements – the qualitatively new equipment of troops with modern weapons and military equipment, professionalization of the army, and step-by-step strengthening of the domestic defense industry in the form of launching unique productions on the territory of the country and joint projects with foreign partners.

How the Kazakhstani army created

To create modern, mobile and equipped with the latest technology Armed forces in such a short period is a task that can only be achieved by a strong state under the leadership of a strong leader.

The analysis of the chronology of each individual achievement of the national army always leads to one source – the instruction and the initiative of the President of Kazakhstan.

Numerous archival documents of the period of the modern history of Kazakhstan show that the invaluable merit in this belongs personally to the Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The army is the guarantor of security, without which the development of any other sphere in the state’s activities is impossible.

Therefore, during the difficult period of independence, when the economic and social system, industry and infrastructure had to be built up almost all over again, as the most important priority, the President defined the creation and development of own Armed Forces of Kazakhstan.

The young state faced incredibly difficult tasks. Primarily, it was extremely important to prevent the escalation of the growth of extremism, the emergence of conflicts on ethnic and religious grounds that swept the former Soviet Union. The President of Kazakhstan has protected the young state from threats of destabilization, which practically no CIS state has avoided.

The beginning of this laborious and ambitious process was made with the adoption of the Constitutional Law on State Independence of Kazakhstan. In its article 16 it is clearly enshrined that Kazakhstan, in order to protect its independence and territorial integrity, has the right to establish its own armed forces, as well as independently determines the procedure and conditions for the passage of military service by its citizens, decides the deployment of troops, weapons and equipment on its territory.

In January 1992, it was decided to carry out a large-scale inventory of military units and equipment, production facilities of the defense complex.

There were two most difficult tasks before the country’s leadership: first, to preserve armaments, military equipment and material resources; second, to preserve and strengthen the combat readiness of the troops.

Moreover, for achieving this, it was required to build a fundamentally new system of financial, material, technical, and medical support for the Armed Forces.

It required to urgently undertake a whole range of large-scale organizational, analytical, practical and methodical measures. Everything had to be literally “recreated” bit by bit, as the experience of creating an independent army structure of the whole state was practically absent.

The basis for reforms has become a new legislative framework.

In 1991, on October 25, two basic documents were adopted: Presidential Decrees on the formation of the Security Council and the State Defense Committee.

In addition, the next year, 1992, was the year of the birth of the Armed Forces of independent Kazakhstan. During this period, six main documents were developed and adopted: January 13 – The Law on the State Border, May 7 – Decrees of the President on the creation of the Armed Forces and on the transformation of the State Defense Committee into the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan.  June 23 – Law on Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, August 18 – Presidential Decree on border troops, August 25 – Presidential Decree approves the text of the Military Oath.

All this titanic work was conducted under the guidance of the legendary army general, Hero of the Soviet Union General Sagadat Kozhahmetovich Nurmagambetov. He first headed the State Defense Committee, and then appointed as the first Minister of Defense in the history of Kazakhstan.

Then no one had experience of military construction, but it was necessary to undertake, and quickly, concrete and effective measures. The Head of state, Nursultan Nazarbayev, decided to appoint Sagadat Nurmagambetov to the post of the Minister, noting that only he, a warrior, wise and experienced, can lead the Ministry of Defense.

The colossal knowledge, high competence, impeccable service and state approach of General Sagadat Nurmagambetov were simply invaluable. He supervised both analytical and organizational work, for him there were no trifles. Every detail of the process of building the army he kept under personal control. His special military merits during the Great Patriotic War and his unlimited authority among the personnel contributed to the creation and strengthening of the traditions and strong foundations of the Armed Forces.

The first results of the work done were summed up at the commander’s meetings of the leadership of the Armed Forces on December 8, 1992. For modern military history, this day is symbolic – the Head of State for the first time took part in the event as the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The President clearly defined the main goals and tasks of the armed forces as a guarantor of stability, security and territorial integrity of an independent state: “We need an army that is not numerous, but modern, prepared for action in any conditions in the interests of protecting our sovereignty.”

The next stage in the formation of the regulatory framework was the adoption in 1993 of the Law on General Military Duty and Military Service, which determined the military ranks of the Armed Forces of the country.

Subsequently, the legislation kept to be modernized based on the principles of military construction, enshrined in the first Military Doctrine in the history of our country. The President approved it on February 11, 1993. During the practical two months, to implement it, several laws were adopted. Thus, on April 2, by the President’s Decree, the Navy was established, on April 9, the Law on Defense and the Armed Forces was adopted, and new samples of uniforms for service members of the guard of honor were developed.

The law clearly regulated the powers of the President, the Minister of Defense and other leaders of the defense system. The composition of the Armed Forces was determined. It included military command and control agencies, the Land Forces, the Air Force, the Air Defense Forces, the Navy, the Rear, the administration and parts of the Civil Defense. In addition, this law regulated norms, according to which in wartime the Border Guard troops of the National Security Committee, the Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Republican Guard, management bodies and parts of the Civil Defense are included in the Armed Forces. Thus, by the mid-1990s, the Armed Forces had become a full-fledged and an efficient national army.

However, the military policy no longer met the modern world trends in many ways. New approaches and mechanisms for preventing and responding to new challenges needed, and, firstly, it concerned the reformatting of the systems of interaction of all forces and means of ensuring the country’s security.

The world was stirred up by the economic crisis – oil prices fell, Russia experienced a financial default, in the countries of South-East Asia stock markets and national currency rates fell sharply, inflation rose, and large corporations went bankrupt. In different parts of the world, foci of conflict erupted. This situation exacerbated the need to find a new way for the development of the national army.

Therefore, on 7 November 1997, a new Presidential Decree on the reform of the Armed Forces was adopted, providing for the creation of a modern command structure for the Armed Forces in peacetime, capable of performing significant tasks without significant changes in a particular period.

The strength of the Armed Forces was brought into line with the needs – the composition, deployment and purpose were optimized.

In February 2001, the special decree of the President divided the functions of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff, created four military districts: South, West, East and Central.

However, the difficult geopolitical situation developing in the world forced “to keep gunpowder dry”. In the international arena, new global challenges have emerged. The problems of Afghanistan and Iraq were far from being solved, and there was a considerable conflict potential in other “hot spots” of the planet. Such serious problems as terrorism and extremism, numerous ethnic conflicts have also actualized before the world community.

Their study and analysis, the generalization of the experience of conducting modern combat operations and the application of the latest models of military equipment, the emergence of new challenges and threats to security required an adequate response, including the adoption of measures to strengthen the country’s defense capacity.

By leading experts and analysts, based on potential risks and international experience, on taking into account changes in the military and political situation, acute socio-political conflicts and contradictions, international instability, the presence of potential threats for most countries, regardless of their economic and military potential, a principally new document – the second Military Doctrine of the Republic of Kazakhstan was developed and approved by the Head of State on February 10, 2000.

All of its principles and mechanisms of implementation corresponded to the instructions of the Head of State for the modernization of the army. Thus, the principles of the activities of the Armed Forces, other troops and military formations in new realities, based on the norms of international law, were outlined, relations in the defense sphere between various institutions of the state were regulated. The Doctrine laid the foundation for a new stage in the development of military policy and, accordingly, modernization of the army.

Their study and analysis, the generalization of the experience of conducting military operations and the use of new models of military equipment, new challenges and security threats that require an adequate response, including measures to strengthen the country’s defense capability.

Leading experts and analysts based on potential risks and international experience, taking into account changes in the military and political situation, characterized by acute socio-political conflicts and contradictions, international instability, potential threats to most countries regardless of their economic and military potential developed the second Military Doctrine of the Republic of Kazakhstan, approved by the Head of State on February 10, 2000.

All of its principles and implementation mechanisms corresponded to the instructions of the Head of State for the modernization of the army. Thus, the principles of the activities of the Armed Forces, other troops and military formations in new realities, based on the norms of international law, regulated relations in the defense sphere between various institutions of states were outlined. The Doctrine laid the foundation for a new stage in the development of military policy and, accordingly, modernization of the Army.

The most important event of that period – in February 2001 – was the First All-Military Leadership Meeting of the Armed Forces, in which the Head of State participated. The Supreme Commander-in-Chief determined the priority directions for the construction of the country’s defense system.

In their implementation on July 6, 2002, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan «On the Structure of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan» amended the structure of the Kazakh army – the Armed Forces returned to the two-species structure: the General Purpose Forces and the Air Defense Forces.

As part of the General-Purpose Forces, the Missile Forces and artillery and air defense forces were allotted, and the Mobile Forces were created, a transition to a new military territorial structure was made, military districts were created, and the composition and deployment of troops were reconciled.

In the period from 2000 to 2003, the Kazakh army completely switched to a brigade base structure.

Continuation of the reform was the restructuring of the Armed Forces, initiated since May 2003 on a three-species basis: on the basis of existing resources, the Army, the Air Defense Force and the Navy were formed. With the purpose of increasing the fighting capacity of military groups, the military districts were reorganized into regional commands – «Astana», «East», «West» and «South». For the effectiveness of the use of the Mobile Forces, the Airmobile Force has been formed. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, a new strategic body of the Armed Forces, has also been created.

The transformation of the management system made it possible to effectively and efficiently implement the program of construction of the Kazakh army. At the same time, a key role was assigned to the combat and mobilization training of troops, large-scale exercises were actively and regularly conducted.

It is important to emphasize that the President of the country is almost always present at all major exercises, personally inspects the combat readiness of all military units. And this has a special educational effect – stimulating soldiers for new achievements, strengthening the sense of patriotism and duty to the Fatherland.

As the Head of State noted, «We do not need a parade army and parquet generals, but we need tempered and experienced soldiers, from the enlisted to the general». This was especially important in the transition to a professional army, which was a completely new stage in its development.

On January 7, 2005, the Head of State signed a new law “On Defense and Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan” regulating social relations in the field of defense and armed forces, the functions and powers of state bodies in the field of national defense, the rights and duties of citizens and organizations in the defense sphere. Taking into account international experience, after careful analysis and shortcomings, on July 8 of the same year the Law “On Military Duty and Military Service” was adopted.

The main reason for the transition was a significant complication of military equipment and assets in recent years, the emergence of new military specialties that require long training. In such circumstances, the conscript simply does not have time to master the basics of his military profession.

Replacing where it is necessary for soldiers – conscripts to contract soldiers, seeking to purchase the latest weapons, introducing modern management technologies, our army was strengthened and became more professional.

The introduction of such a tool has made it possible to solve one more important task – to increase the image and prestige of the military service. For many young people, the service was the beginning of a career in law enforcement.

On March 28, 2006, the President approved the State program for the development of the Armed Forces, other troops and military formations to create an effective and flexible military command and control system, mobile and well-equipped security agencies ready for concerted action in any situation.

As part of the implementation of the directions defined in the Military Doctrine, a significant amount of activities have been carried out to ensure military security, improve the military organization of the state, build a small but technically equipped and highly mobile Armed Forces. The process of improving the system of planning and interagency cooperation in ensuring the military security of the state continued.

At the same time, global realities and the growing processes of globalization have given rise to a number of new threats, including the escalating economic crisis. Accordingly, Kazakhstan required the adoption of adequate response measures. In this regard, on March 21, 2007 – the Third Military Doctrine of the Republic of Kazakhstan was approved by the President’s Decree. It reflected all the changes that have taken place in the world over the past 7 years, as well as the priorities in ensuring military security in the context of changes in world development.

The provisions of the doctrine provided for the creation of regional command, the modernization of the structure of the military organization, the increase in the number of combat-ready units, the creation of a unified airspace command and control system, and the participation in peacekeeping operations.

Four years later, on October 11, 2011, by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, a new Military Doctrine was adopted, the goals and objectives of which are prioritized to this day.

All the measures taken, the modernization of the administration and the timely transformation of the directions of military policy at each stage have made it possible to create the Armed Forces capable of carrying out the assigned tasks in any conditions.

According to foreign military experts, the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan are among the top three in the post-Soviet space. In the Central Asian region, our army is recognized as the best.

The army of Kazakhstan is increasing its power every year, increasing its combat readiness. The young generation of soldiers is mastering new technology and armament, gaining experience and skill.

Today, the Armed Forces face a whole range of new tasks, which the Head of State designated in 2015 at a meeting on military modernization.

First of all, the troops need to maintain a high intensity of combat training, while the exercises should be aimed at working out the tasks that are maximally conducive to the conditions of the modern situation, filled with new content adequate to modern threats.

In addition, as the Supreme Commander-in-Chief emphasized, it is important to improve coordination of all power structures of Kazakhstan, to develop cooperation with allies and partners at the international level.

At a meeting with Defense Minister Saken Zhasuzakov on April 12 of this year, Nursultan Nazarbayev as a whole noted the positive dynamics of the manning of the Armed Forces. The Head of State drew particular attention to the issues of     re-equipping the army with new types of weapons and military equipment, social security of servicemen, territorial security and the development of air defense systems of the country.

All this is done by the leadership of the country so that the people of Kazakhstan live in a stable and peaceful country build their future, work quietly to improve the welfare of each Kazakh family.

Own military professional staff

During the formation of the Armed Forces of independent Kazakhstan, the problem of a non-complete set of its own professional staff was acute.

As repeatedly noted by the Head of State, the fighting strength of the 21st century military forces is determined not by the number, but by the high trained personnel, by the technical equipment, by the ability to reliably resist external threats, and to solve internal tasks.

Every serviceman in Kazakhstan, from the enlisted to the general, must be ready to carry out the order and the assigned combat mission. To solve this difficult task, a new educational and methodological base and a system of training cadets for eleven specialties was created. Now, of course, it is difficult to imagine what system, and in what conditions military personnel were trained, but at that time this was the most acceptable option  –  from an economic and operational point of view. The junior lieutenants were trained for 3-9 months, in the field conditions, close to the combat operations.

Own military pilots began to prepare on the basis of the Aktyubinsk Institute of Civil Aviation. In 1994, on the basis of the military department of the Institute, the faculty of the Air Force was created, where cadets from 8 aviation specialties were trained. In 1996, the flight school was transformed into Aktobe Higher Military Aviation School named after twice Hero of the Soviet Union General Major Talgat Begeldinov. Since then, the training at the school was focused on the preparation of military specialists only. Today it is the Military Institute of the Air Defense Forces.

To prepare qualified military communications specialists and radio technical support for the needs of the Air Force, in June 1996, the Military Department was established at the Academy of Civil Aviation. In 2001, Military Institute of Radio Electronics and Communication, which has no analogues in the Central Asian region, was established on the basis of the faculty.

To prepare qualified military communications specialists and radio technical support for the needs of the Air Force, in June 1996, the Military Academy was established at the Academy of Civil Aviation, where the training of specialists in radio electronics began. In 2001, the Military Engineering Institute of Radioelectronics and Communications was established on the basis of the faculty, which has no analogues in the Central Asian region.

The Military Institute of the Land Forces was created on the basis of the legendary Almaty Higher Command School named after I. Konev, formed in 1970. In 1997, to further improve the system of training officer personnel and develop military science, the Almaty Higher Command School was reorganized into the Military Academy of the Armed Forces by the President’s Decree. In 2003, it was transformed into the National Defense University. And in 2014 a new modern complex of buildings of the National Defense University in Astana was opened. The University was named after the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – the Leader of the Nation.

At present, the National Defense University is the only educational institution in the Central Asian region where military personnel of the CSTO member states are trained. In July 1996, on the initiative of the President, a military educational institution was set up to train the professional staff of the junior command level – the Cadet Corps.

And in 1999, also on the initiative of the Head of State, the military school “Zhas Ulan” named after General Sagadat Nurmagambetov was set up, which prepares for admission to higher military educational institutions.

Thus, a full-fledged modern system of military education has been formed in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan is the leader of the anti-nuclear movement

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan inherited the most threatening arsenal – the Semipalatinsk nuclear testing site. Therefore, the task of building the country’s defense system was complicated by the fact that it was necessary to find an effective solution to such a difficult issue as managing the world’s fourth nuclear power capacity.

The key and fundamentally important direction of Kazakhstan’s military policy primarily was the creation of a security belt along the perimeter of the state border, the introduction of a regional collective security system and the reduction of the nuclear threat as well.

It built upon the unprecedented decision of Nursultan Nazarbayev to close the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in August 29, 1991, on the period of the USSR’s existence.

It became a sensation, the first and even today the only case in the world history of the voluntary closure of the nuclear test site, which later radically changed the traditional course of global policy development.

In addition, eighteen years later the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted resolution 64/35 designating 29 August as the International Day against Nuclear Tests – a symbolic date, which was the date on which the site finally closed.

This step was an important milestone in the history not only for the formation of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan, but also of the overall foreign policy of our country.

Since then our country have merited such recognition as the peacekeeper and leader of peacekeeping global initiatives, which today has become the most recognizable, authoritative and respected brand of Kazakhstan in the international arena.

Ratification of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons on December 13, 1993 by the Supreme Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan became an important stage in the implementation of the country’s foreign policy.

At present time, Kazakhstan consistently continues the policy of promoting its ideas of a global, non-nuclear world on the international arena.

2016 has become a historical date. Our country has been chosen a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, and the manifesto of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev’s “Peace. XXI century” has acquired the status of an official document of the United Nations.

The Manifesto has become a logical continuation of Kazakhstan’s concrete measures to build a world without nuclear weapons.

“Peace is worth fighting for just as deliberately and persistently as did people in the past century. We should think hard about the future of our children and grandchildren. We must combine the efforts of governments, politicians, scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, and millions of people around the world in order to prevent a repetition of tragic mistakes of past centuries and spare the world from the threat of a war”, – the document says.

The international cooperation

Today Kazakhstan in the foreign policy arena is really participating in the construction of a new system of international and regional security. This activity is carried out within the framework of such international organizations as CICA, SCO, CSTO.

For the CSTO this year is marked by a double anniversary. The Collective Security Treaty (CST) was signed in May 1992, but decision to establish the Organization on the basis of this Treaty was adopted 10 years later – in 2002. Thereby, the CSTO as an intergovernmental organization celebrates its 15th anniversary, and the signing of the Treaty marks the 25th anniversary.

Over the years the organization has achieved significant results. A unified military platform, which includes the educational system, is maintained. Military personnel of the CSTO countries are trained in military educational institutions of the member countries on a free or concessional basis. Every year, operations are carried out to combat new challenges and threats, like drug trafficking, illegal migration, extremism and terrorism. The CSTO also adopts declarations on topical issues of international security.

This year also marked the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s military cooperation with NATO.

In 1992 our country joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council, which later, in 1997, was transformed into the Council of Euro-Atlantic Partnership.

The main goal of interaction with the Alliance in the military sphere is to achieve the interoperability of peacekeeping units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan with units of Western countries.

Kazakhstan has been conducting its direct international peacekeeping activity for more than 17 years. It began with the creation of the Kazakhstan peacekeeping battalion – Kazbat, which was formed in compliance with the Order of the Head of State of January 31, 2000, for ensuring the readiness of the Kazakh Armed Forces to act in peacekeeping operations.

All these years Kazakhstani servicemen take part in peacekeeping and security operations in various parts of the world.

In 2003, the engineering and demining unit of Kazbat participated in peacekeeping operations as part of the stabilization forces in Iraq, where the battalion destroyed more than 4 million explosive remnants and cleared 6,718 cubic meters of water.

In order to expand cooperation to achieve interoperability Kazakhstan joined the “Operational Capabilities Concept” on January 6, 2004, which created additional opportunities for Kazbat to participate in NATO exercises.

Since 2014, 11 officers of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan have been serving in the UN peacekeeping and security mission in the holding of the referendum in Western Sahara and the UN peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire. The UN leadership positively assessed the level of training of our servicemen and is interested in sending more of them to the UN mission.

Acknowledgment of the increased skill of the Kazakhstani soldiers is the joint command and staff training within the joint air defense system of the CIS countries, during which cooperation is successfully developed in the performance of combat duty missions.

The most important step of Kazakhstan was the adoption of the Law on Peacekeeping Activities in 2015, which determined the tasks and competencies of the state in regulating the participation of the national contingent of the Armed Forces in peacekeeping operations in the world.

Military-industrial complex

Both the state and the President personally do everything necessary to ensure that servicemen guarding our security are equipped with the most modern equipment and equipment of world level.

Due to the appropriate and strategically verified military policy of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev, new models of military equipment are annually adopted.

“Our Armed Forces are becoming more and more respected in our people. We do not spare money, despite the difficulties, to equip our troops. We provide the personnel with everything necessary for them to carry out their service, the exercises were conducted on time”, – the Head of State said.

Moreover, today many types of weapons are produced in Kazakhstan, at domestic factories. It can be safely stated that during the years of independence the country’s military-industrial complex literally rose to its own feet.

During the period of the Soviet Union on the territory of Kazakhstan there were about 50 defense enterprises. Most of them were redeployed to Kazakhstan during the II World War evacuation of industrial enterprises. A considerable number of armaments and equipment for naval forces, radio electronic equipment, armament for tanks, missile systems, components of anti-missile defense systems were produced here.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstani military factories become in a poor condition as result of objective reasons, the main one of which is due to break of economic ties. The factories were closed, on account of the difficult economic situation; whole industries were lost as well. In that difficult period, only a few enterprises survived. Today they are the flagships of the defense industry of Kazakhstan.

Today in Kazakhstan for the first time began to assemble helicopters, military optics, radar systems and electronic warfare. We are building ships for the Naval Forces, repairing aviation equipment and armored vehicles.

A significant achievement since 2010 was holding the annual International Exhibition of Armament and Military-Technical Property “KADEX” in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The exhibition has become a special event in the field of military-technical cooperation of Kazakhstan. More than a hundred Kazakhstan enterprises that produce products for the Armed Forces represent their capabilities here.

The exhibition is attended by more than 250 companies; from year to year their number is growing. Leading manufacturers from all over the world, including Austria, United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, Spain, Italy, China, South Korea, the Russian Federation and France represent their military products in Astana.

Positive results of the large-scale reform in the Kazakh army have often been cited by leading domestic and international experts.

“Kazakhstan’s armed forces were almost fully inherited from the Soviet Union, but in the future generations they will be changing their nature more and more. It will be a “multi-dimensional” approach. Kazakhstan will do it as delicately as it reaches everything else, but it will do it for sure. I can foresee that in 20 years you will have a defense structure that will be much larger and will look totally different, reflecting the nature of the new partnerships,” the American expert on foreign policy issues Stephen Sestanovich said.

According to the expert, in the last 20 years Kazakhstan achieved big success in security issues during strengthening of its sovereignty and independence, doing it “extremely delicately”.

In fact, the state has taken all necessary measures in promoting, protecting and strengthening the country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and security, as well as to achieve a qualitatively new level of our army.

All this is largely addressed and provided by the military officers and soldiers, who chose the life path of serving the Homeland and the constant readiness to fulfill their military duty. Military duty and honor, awareness of the highest responsibility for the fate of the Motherland is the main core that holds together the armed forces.

The modern Kazakhstani Army is the pride of the entire Kazakh people. The soldiers of the Armed Forces will continue their heroic fighting traditions of their older generations in the name of ensuring security of our multiethnic Homeland – the Republic of Kazakhstan!

Military attache of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan in Azerbaijan