KAZAKHSTAN AIRBORNE FORCES EXERCISE STEPPE EAGLE 2004




 
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April 6th, 2005  
Battleman
 
 

Topic: KAZAKHSTAN AIRBORNE FORCES EXERCISE STEPPE EAGLE 2004


OK last summer I spent 2 weeks in Kazakhstan. I was part of a unit that went to experience the harsh desert conditions and also do some training with the Kazakhs.

Their equipment was pretty poor, old soviet era stuff, with all the goodies stripped out by the Russians and the bare minimum left behind. They were only given new uniforms too look good for our arrival. However I did manage to find some kazakhs with their "current issued" gear and it wasnt up to much.

I found it quite sad that alot of the kazakhs had their teeth missing, especially the front ones (replaced by gold teeth however) . This was due to initiation ceremonies, where the new recruits would be "toughened" by being rifle butted and a good "filling" in.

Their acceptable casualty rate for training was 20%!! This was visible as the Kazakhs weapons drills were poor, as alot them had negligent discharges of live ammo. Eventually we were told "if a kazakh approaches you, walk away", as they just werent safe! Hence on the exercise they dropped artillery shells a mere 50-100 Metres away from their own troops! However the Kazakhs were very friendly and made our visit hospitable. Just to point out the Blue berets were for their airborne troops. Also alot of them still had the old "Hammer and Sickle" cap badges!!

Kazakhstan was anice country, their city of Almaty was very nice.

Enclosed are some images I got when I was there.


























April 6th, 2005  
Snauhi
 
Very nice pics but what country are you from?
April 6th, 2005  
Battleman
 
 
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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April 6th, 2005  
Snauhi
 
On distance they look like russian VDV troops
April 6th, 2005  
Battleman
 
 
Yeah, I suppose they would do since they used to be part of the former USSR. The PK machine gun I was impressed with. It was so light for a GPMG!
April 6th, 2005  
WarMachine
 
 
How do people get these pics? A site, newesletters? i've never seen pictures of the militaries of countries, that no one talks about.
April 7th, 2005  
behemoth79
 
 
well he did say he was there. maybe he had a disposable camera on him.
April 7th, 2005  
A Can of Man
 
 
Nice stuff.
April 7th, 2005  
Battleman
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by WarMachine
How do people get these pics? A site, newesletters? i've never seen pictures of the militaries of countries, that no one talks about.
I had my digital camera with me, Ive got loads more, that was just a sample.
April 7th, 2005  
Tvoi-Vrag
 
If you have more please post them