Kazakh army needs to be rearmed – Nazarbayev

March 7, 2014

President Nursultan Nazarbayev has ordered to rearm the Kazakh army.

“We need to intensify the modernization and rearming of our military forces. The military industry should produce more equipment and goods not only for the army but also for the police and special services,” the president is quoted as saying at a Thursday meeting at the Kazakh Defense Ministry in a press release of his press office.

Kazakhstan has been beefing up its army with new state-of-the-art equipment in recent years, according to the president.

“We buy military equipment not only from Russia but from other countries as well. Our army is being supplied with the up-to-date military equipment. We should keep up the process,” Nazarbayev said.

The president said that the Kazakh military industry had started to produce helicopters, optical devices, radar and electronic warfare systems and military ships for the Navy. Kazakhstan also built repair and maintenance shops for military aircraft and armored vehicles.

“But this is not enough, we need to do more,” said the president.

The construction of new military plants is now the priority of Kazakhstan’s industrial development program, according to the president.

“The military plants will also stimulate the other economic sectors from which they may receive additional orders. That is why the defense minister and the government should have a clear vision of what goods the new military plants will produce. For instance, we have to build a cartridge plant in the first place,” Nazarbayev said.