By Abdul Kerimkhanov
Today, the defense industry of Kazakhstan is steadily developing. As a result of the implementation of new approaches, the country's defense industry shows an increase in the number of target indicators, including in labor productivity.
The Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry, Amaniyaz Yerzhanov, talked about the development of Kazakh defense-industrial complex in 2018 at the board meeting.
The defense industry of Kazakhstan includes 40 enterprises employing 8,500 people.
Yerzhanov informed that following the results of 2018, the volume of production in the defense industry grew by 4 percent compared with 2017 and totaled 90.6 billion tenges ($243 million), the volume of export of products - 7.3 billion tenges ($19.6 million).
As part of the import substitution program, as many as eight projects were successfully implemented in 2018, including within the framework of joint cooperation with foreign partners - Turkey, South Africa, Israel, Russia and France.
Modernization of production at Petropavlovsk Heavy Engineering Plant JSC and Plant named after ‘S.M. Kirov, in the coming years it is planned to carry out technological upgrading at another seven enterprises.
“In addition, work will continue on the creation of domestic service centers for the repair of aviation, the modernization of armored vehicles, missile and artillery weapons, air defense and special means of communication,” Yerzhanov concluded.
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev approved a state program for the development of armaments and military equipment of the Armed Forces and the defense-industrial complex in 2007.
According to this document, it was required to carry out a number of activities aimed at modernizing the defense industry and updating the fleet of equipment of the Armed Forces until 2015. It was necessary to repair and upgrade the existing equipment, as well as to purchase or produce new one.
Today, the Kazakh army is armed with military equipment of Soviet, Russian, Belarusian and domestic production.
Kazakhstan continues to actively develop its defense industry and is trying to develop new areas. The main tasks are to equip the Armed Forces with modern weapons and equipment, strengthen and develop the scientific and technical base of the military-industrial complex, increase the share of defense industry products in the country's GDP, and increase exports of military products.
Military experts consider, the priority should be given to the means of the radio engineering troops of the air defense, high-precision weapons, automobile and armored vehicles, communications and automated control systems, cybersecurity hardware and software, personal protective equipment for the military, unmanned aerial vehicles and certain types of ammunition.
Abdul Kerimkhanov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @AbdulKerim94
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