Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Defense announced that they have received S-300 long range surface-to-air missile systems and 170 missiles from Russia and that the countries negotiated purchase of Russian aircraft for Kazakhstan’s Air Force as Russia’s Defense Minister visited Astana last week.
It has not been clarified whether the received S-300s are of the PS variant, the delivery of which had been discussed for years.
Russia has been pursuing a joint air defense system within the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), and has been carrying out analogous negotiations with members Armenia and Belarus.
The possible purchase of four Yak-130s trainers/light attack aircraft, a number of Yak-152 trainers, and two Il-76MD-90A military transport aircraft were also discussed during the meeting with the Russian MoD.
Under an agreement signed last year, Kazakhstan can buy weaponry from Russian arms manufacturers at the same discounted price at which Russia’s armed forces buy it. Under that agreement Kazakhstan already has acquired Su-30SM fighter jets, Mi-171Sh military transport helicopters, and Mi-35 combat helicopters. CSTO members Armenia and Belarus have also inked similar agreements.