A new military aircraft was presented in Astana by the Kazakh military officers

Kazakhstan’s National Guard purchased another aircraft for their aviation fleet. A new military aircraft was presented in Astana by the Kazakh military officers. It is a multirole medium-range military transport aircraft designed to perform various operations. Its main purpose is the transportation of the military personnel and hardware. The aircraft is designed to transport up to 20 tonnes of cargo and 83 passengers. When fully loaded, it can transport up to 120 armed soldiers. Moreover, the aircraft is used for reconnaissance purpose as well: it can fly in severe weather conditions and land on both ground and ice runways. The aircraft can be operated at temperatures ranging from -50 to +50 degrees C. The new aircraft cost US$37 million for the Kazakh National Guard. The aircraft was purchased from China.  

MUKHTAR ALTYNBAYEV, ARMY GENERAL:

 - The aircraft is easy to operate. Our pilots are familiar with this aircraft. I think that it’s good to start with this aircraft as it is easy to practice piloting skills on this aircraft. This aircraft will serve at Kazakhstan’s National Guard and will allow soldiers to fly to any part of our country.  

KALMUKHANBET KASSYMOV, KAZAKH INTERIOR MINISTER:

 - We selected this aircraft, because, it proved to be effective; it is improved and has advanced aviation technologies. Our main purpose is the transportation of the military personnel, weapons and hardware. It can cover the entire territory of Kazakhstan and meets all our requirements.   

Recently, the aviation fleet of the National Guard was relocated from Almaty to Astana. This will allow deploying forces and personnel of the National Guard to any part of Kazakhstan in a shorter period of time without refuelling of the aircraft.