Kyrgyzstan to receive more Russian armament

As reported by RIA Novosti on May 18, 2020, Russia and Kyrgyzstan are discussing the supply of 9K37 Buk-M1 (SA-11 Gadfly in NATO code) anti-aircraft missile systems and Mi-8 helicopters from the Russian Armed Forces, the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) reports.
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Buk-M1 air defense system (Picture source: Russian MoD)

"The transfer of two divisions of the Buk-M1 air defense system and the additional number of Mi-8 helicopters from the availability is being discussed. It is obvious that in the coming years Russia will completely dominate the field of military-technical assistance to Kyrgyzstan," the CAST report, which will be published soon. The forthcoming Allies report is exploring the military potential of Russia's CSTO partners and Moscow’s military-technical cooperation with these countries.

Since 2000, over 400 officers and 700 cadets of the Kyrgyz Armed Forces have been trained at Russian military universities, and 40 senior officers have taken courses at the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces.

According to the report, in the field of military and military-technical cooperation, Moscow is the main partner of Bishkek, which is completely dependent on foreign military assistance. Since 2012, Russia and Kyrgyzstan have entered into arms supply agreements with aid in the amount of about $ 200 million.

To date, military equipment worth about $ 126 million has been transferred to Bishkek, including two An-26 military transport aircraft, four Mi-24V combat helicopters, six Mi-8MTV and Mi-8MT helicopters, and two divisions of the upgraded S-125 air defense systems Pechora-2M, up to fifty modernized BTR-70M; motor vehicles, small arms and light weapons and ammunition.

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