Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/14/2012 -- BMI's Kazakhstan And Central Asia Defence & Security Report for Q412 aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the defence posture of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The report 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 countries' defence decision-making process, the orders of battle of its armed forces, the condition of its armed forces, and its 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 under-equipped with Cold War-era materiel.
BMI's Kazakhstan And Central Asia Defence & Security Report for Q412 makes several key findings:
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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 obsolescent 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 re-equipment 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 (CSTO) which includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have also signed a 'Defense Union'. Yet there are questions regarding the integrity and strength of these regional initiatives. Witness Uzbekistan's decision to withdraw from the CSTO in June 2012 in protest against Russia's decision to deploy a Rapid Reaction Force to Kyrgyzstan for regional security.
Over the last quarter, BMI have revised the following content:
- Orders of battle and equipment levels for all five countries.
- Kazakhstan's status vis-a-vis Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).
- Details regarding the procurement of new military equipment in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
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