Russian Air Force base in Kyrgyzstan is of current importance — republic’s president

 

Opening of the Russian base was caused by the threats the republic cannot resist even now, thus the decision to open the base was correct and remains of current importance, President Atambayev says

Mig-29 jets of the Russian air force during the aviation show Russian Air Force jet at the air base in Kant, outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 27 October 2013

Mig-29 jets of the Russian air force during the aviation show Russian Air Force jet at the air base in Kant, outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 27 October 2013

CHOLPON-ATA (Kyrgyzstan), July 27. /TASS/. Kyrgyzstan’s permission to open a Russian air base in Kant was caused by the situation at that time. Having the air base now is a current issue, the republic’s President Almazbek Atambayev said during a meeting with heads of local media on Monday.

The president said that military facility appeared in the territory of the republic at the request from Kyrgyzstan.

“Today, we have a long-term agreement [on the Russian base], but sooner or later we must protect ourselves without relying on bases of fraternal, friendly countries,” he said. Opening of the Russian base was “caused by the threats the republic cannot resist even now, thus the decision to open the base was correct and remains of current importance.”

The base of the Russian Air Force was opened in October, 2003. It is an aviation component of the Collective Rapid Reaction Force of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). The base is for resisting outer threats to the Organisation’s member countries.

While answering a question from TASS, the president said Kyrgyzstan would soon open its customs borders with member-countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

The republic’s Minister of Economics Oleg Pankratov said parliaments and presidents of all member-countries had approved the agreement on Kyrgyzstan’s joining the EAEU.

“The only outstanding signature is of Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev,” he said.

Back in 2011, Kyrgyzstan decided to join the organization, which at that time was called the Customs Union. In December 2014, member countries signed an agreement on the republic’s joining the Union. The document will come into force as it is ratified by all the parliaments and inked by all the presidents. Besides Kyrgyzstan, EAEU unites Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia.

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Kyrgyz-Russian military drills to enter active phase June 2

According to the deputy commander of Russia’s Central Military District, it is the first ever exercise of such a large scale conducted by the two states

Kyrgyz-Russian military drills

“During the active phase, Russian paratroopers and military of the National Guard of Kyrgyzstan will launch a landing operation to a specified area form our base’s airdrome,” the press service said. “Then they will be airlifted by helicopter to the National Guard’s Edelweiss training center for a building storming drill.” In addition, in the coming days they will conduct mountainous terrain drills in the Tatyr gorge located on the northern slope of Ala-Too ridge. According to the press service, the Kyrgyz and Russian troops have previously held several tactical and special exercises, including the range practice during which they fired all types of small arms, launched drones and had parachute packing drills.

The joint training exercise of the paratroopers and National Guard fighters was launched on May 25 and will continue until June 5. According to deputy commander of Russia’s Central Military District Yevgeny Ustinov, it is the first ever exercise of such a large scale conducted by the two states, “with the arrival of the troops contingent.” “The maneuvers are conducted quite successfully,” he said. “The military are gaining interaction experience.” However, according to Ustinov, only preliminary conclusions can now be made on the joint exercise, and the final results will be known after the maneuvers are over and their “detailed analysis.”

Ustinov said previously that “the main task is to study each other’s experience.” Ustinov said that during the war games the two states’ troops would improve their weapons and reconnaissance training, including with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. “We hope that the next joint exercise will take place in Russia’s territory,” said the deputy commander. He said that several Russian military facilities are located in Kyrgyzstan. “Therefore, if the situation aggravates, we, jointly with our colleagues from Kyrgyzstan must be ready to ensure their security,” he added.

Russia, Kyrgyzstan holding military drills

The drills will see the landing operation of the Russian paratroopers and Kyrgyzstan’s National Guard and skill training in the mountainous areas, the official saidSu-25 attack aircraft

Su-25 attack aircraft

BISHKEK, May 25.  Kyrgyzstan begins on Monday joint military exercises with Russia that involve 250 Russian paratroopers and servicemen of Kyrgyzstan’s National Guard.

Six aircraft were used to transfer the units of Russia’s Airborne Forces.

“The exercises will last until June 5 and part of them will be held on territory of the fifth brigade of Kyrgyzstan’s National Guard, while the other on the Russian air base in Kant [Chuy region in Kyrgyzstan],” an official at the air base in Kant said.

The drills will see the landing operation of the Russian paratroopers and Kyrgyzstan’s National Guard and skill training in the mountainous areas, the official said.

The military chiefs of the two states reached an agreement on holding the exercises a month ago.

The Russian air base in Kant was opened in 2003 and serves as an air component of the Collective Rapid Reaction Force of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

The air base is located some 20 kilometers from the capital Bishkek. Su-25 attack aircraft, Il-76 transport aircraft and helicopters of the 5th Urals Army of the Air Force and Air Defence are based there.

The latest major exercises with the participation of the Russian paratroopers were held in September 2014. The Vostok command and staff maneuvers involved more than 155,000 soldiers from the forces of the Central and Eastern districts, Airborne Forces, Air Defence, Long-Range Aviation and Military and Transport aviation.

SCO special forces work out landing of assault teams during exercises

Sergey  Medin's photo.
 On Thursday, brigades of the SCO special forces worked out landing of assault groups in mountainous terrain during a joint exercise, which is being held in Kyrgyzstan, said a spokesperson of the chief of staff of the armed forces of Kyrgyzstan.A joint training of special forces of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization started in the republic on Tuesday. According to servicemen of Kyrgyzstan, the training is attended by 20-25 representatives of the Army Special Forces from Russia, China, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. The exercise takes place on the basis of special brigade “Scorpion” in the Kyrgyz city of Tokmak.

Kant Air Base to Take Delivery of Upgraded Su-25SM Aircraft

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Five modernized Su-25SM fighter bombers will be delivered to the Russian Kant air base stationed in Kyrgyzstan this year. This statement was made by Colonel Yaroslav Roschupkin, a spokesman for the Central Military District.

“The new aircraft will replace the outdated models to be modernized by the Russian defence enterprises. We plan to complete providing the Kant air base with the modernized aircraft by 2017,” the spokesperson stated.

It should be noted that the upgraded Su-25SM aircraft are equipped with advanced control and navigation systems. They can carry an expanded range of weaponry as compared with the base Su-25 model.

“The newest electronic warfare complex makes it possible to conduct radio intelligence, warns a pilot of any threats, aims at enemy’s radars and causes radio interference,” Mr. Roschupkin pointed out.

Russia to help Kyrgyzstan to modernize its Armed Forces

23.12.2014     Siberian Insider

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Russia will be implementing programs for upgrading and rearming the armed forces of Kyrgyzstan as the international coalition force will leave neighboring Afghanistan, Russian Defense Minister, General of the Army Sergey Shoigu said at a meeting with the chief of Kyrgyzstan’s General Staff, Major-General Asanbek Alymkozhoyev on Tuesday.

“Our cooperation is developing rather dynamically, the way it should develop between neighbors, friends and fraternal peoples,” he said. “The current situation requires still faster interaction. There are several reasons for this, number one being Afghanistan and the withdrawal of the international coalition force.”

Russian National Defense Control Center to work for all CSTO members — Putin

December 23,  MOSCOW
This will increase controllability of national defense systems, troops, improve coordination, the Russian president said during a visit to the center in downtown Moscow together with CSTO leaders

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MOSCOW, December 23. /TASS/. Russia’s National Defense Control Center will work for all countries members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Russian President Vladimir Putin said in the center, based in downtown Moscow’s Frunzenskaya Embankment, on Tuesday.

Putin arrived at the center on Tuesday after today’s CSTO and Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) summits together with his counterparts — the leaders of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.

“Everything has been done exclusively with the use of Russian technologies, with very powerful computer support that has no analogs in the world today,” the Russian leader said. He said all CSTO countries will take part in the center’s work.

“I am convinced this will increase controllability of national defense systems, our troops, improve coordination,” the head of state said.

National Defense Control Center

The Russian Federation’s National Defense Control Center officially went on combat duty on December 1, and it will start running at full capacity from 2015. All relevant data streams have been directed here, which makes it possible to know the situation at any level of forces — up to any unit of the Armed Forces or any facility of the Defense Ministry’s department in real time for any specific hour and minute.

The hardware and software system allows users to model crisis situations not only around the borders of the Russian Federation but also at any point of the world.

The center will draft proposals for decisions to be made by the country’s leadership at the so called H hour. Besides, it is connected with ministries and departments that have similar structures to promptly exchange information. If necessary, seats for other departments’ representatives are booked in the center.

The CSTO is a regional security group comprising six countries — Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Armenia.

The EEU is a new integration association that will start operating on January 1, 2015. It comprises Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia. Kyrgyzstan will join it later in 2015. Today’s meeting of the Russian, Belarusian and Kazakh presidents was the final one in the process to establish the EEU.