Military of Kazakhstan




 
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November 8th, 2010  
Prapor
 
 

Topic: Military of Kazakhstan










Republican Guards


Deputy Chief of Heads of Staff Committee general-major Mukan Dyusukeev and some Chinese general in SCO mutual excercizes


Kazakhstan actually has possibly the best military force in the former Soviet Union, by quality of troops. There are 65,800 active personnel and a further 237,000 in reserve.
The Republic currently spends $1.125 billion or 0,8% of its GDP on defense and that has been increasing steadily. As a member of Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Collective Security Treaty Organisation, Kazakhstan enjoys military ties with Russia and China, and has also been cooperating with Iran... in the field of nuclear research
November 8th, 2010  
Prapor
 
 
Kazakh Navy ship


Tankists


Paratrooper


Marines


Specnaz (special forces)


Mi-8 helicopter


Soldier on APC


Kazakh soldier during training excercize


Gen. Maj. Adilbek Aldaberpenov (left), Kazakhstan Air Mobile Forces commander, greets Lt. Gen. William G. Webster, Third Army/U.S. Army Central commanding general, 2009


Kazakhstan is the only country in the former Soviet Union (except the Baltic States), to have a fully contract-based/professional (non-conscript) military force.
November 8th, 2010  
AussieNick
 
I'm always amazed at how nations field such (relatively large) military forces with such low budgets.

The ADF only has a total of 80,000 personnel (Army, Navy and Airforce, full time and reserve) yet spends approximately $20 billion annually on Defence. This equates to about $250,000 per person, per year.

Yet Kazakhstan fields a defence force of about 307,000 personnel with an expenditure of about $3664 per person per year.

I guess I want to know just what the disparity between pay, conditions, equipment, housing, research and development etc etc is. It is just such a giant disparity I struggle to understand how you could run a military on that little.
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November 8th, 2010  
Prapor
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by AussieNick
I'm always amazed at how nations field such (relatively large) military forces with such low budgets.

The ADF only has a total of 80,000 personnel (Army, Navy and Airforce, full time and reserve) yet spends approximately $20 billion annually on Defence. This equates to about $250,000 per person, per year.

Yet Kazakhstan fields a defence force of about 307,000 personnel with an expenditure of about $3664 per person per year.

I guess I want to know just what the disparity between pay, conditions, equipment, housing, research and development etc etc is. It is just such a giant disparity I struggle to understand how you could run a military on that little.
Well, yes, salaries are much lower. But, also, as far as equipment, research, etc, SCO and CSTO members do help each other out with this kind of thing. There is a lot of cooperation in research, we share our military technologies.

CSTO leaders, from left to right:


Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev
Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbayeva
Armenian President Serzh Sargisian
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon
CSTO General Secretary Nikolai Borydzha
November 8th, 2010  
AussieNick
 
I figured salaries would be a lot lower, but the sharing of R&D makes a lot of sense. Great pics too.
November 9th, 2010  
A Can of Man
 
 
Great pictures!
Another cost cutting thing would probably be facilities. They probably still live in the same buildings built in the 60's.
November 10th, 2010  
Prapor
 
 
Kazakh Air Forces video


Kazakh specnaz


Hand to hand combat competition Kazakh VDV (paratrooper, in camo) vs KNB (military intel/recon) fighters


Russian and Kazakh forces combined exrecizes
November 10th, 2010  
senojekips
 
 
Thanks for a great insight into the Kazakh forces.

The photos are great.
November 14th, 2010  
Shmack
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by AussieNick
I figured salaries would be a lot lower, but the sharing of R&D makes a lot of sense. Great pics too.
It is also a matter of a giant purchasing power disparity. When i was assigned to Kazakhstan, i came there via Astana (capital city). The first thing i bought there was a pack of cigarettes which costed some 5 or 6 times as little as the same one in Moscow. Same with anything. But when i reached my destination point they told me there that Astana was a 'damn expensive city'. So, calculation of expenditures can mislead you very seriously.
November 14th, 2010  
A Can of Man
 
 
Sounds familiar!
So about this pre-owned ICBM...
 


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