New Defense market report from Business Monitor International: "Kazakhstan and Central Asia Defence & Security Report Q2 2013"
Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/18/2013 -- Executive Summary
BMI's Kazakhstan And Central Asia Defence & Security Report for Q213 outlines the security challenges faced by these countries; the status of their armed forces and their defence posture; and their current and anticipated future defence equipment procurement plans. The report examines each country's defence decision-making process, the orders of battle of its armed forces and their condition, and procurement plans for new military equipment.
The report's general conclusion is that, while internal and external security challenges are faced by all of the nations in this volatile region, the armed forces of the five countries surveyed in this report remain underequipped with Cold War-era materiel.
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BMI's Kazakhstan And Central Asia Defence & Security Report for Q213 makes several key findings:
Firstly, despite the Soviet Union having dissolved two decades ago, the armed forces of the countries surveyed in this report continue to make use of ageing and obsolete military equipment. This can be seen by the large inventories of Cold War-era Soviet-supplied materiel that continues to furnish their inventories.
Secondly, despite the security challenges faced by these countries, notably in the form of 'blowback' from the civil war in nearby Afghanistan, local border disputes and domestic insurgencies, there are no major reequipment programmes being undertaken to address materiel shortcomings in any of the five countries surveyed in the report. Typically, all five states perform piecemeal acquisitions of small quantities of military equipment; witness Kazakhstan's order for two C-295 turboprop freighters (with an option of a further six aircraft). This is arguably the largest combat aircraft acquisition programme in this region.
Thirdly, collective security arrangements do exist between these nations and other members of the former Soviet Union. These are best exemplified in the form of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), which includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. All Central Asian states are also members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
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