Kazakhstan presents export potential of country’s defense, aerospace industry

ASTANA (TCA) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan last week held a briefing for representatives of the foreign diplomatic corps to inform about the export potential of Kazakhstan’s defense and aerospace industry and the opportunities for developing bilateral cooperation with foreign partners.

Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Minister of Defense and Aerospace Industry Beibit Atamkulov, and heads of Kazakhstan’s defense-industry enterprises attended the event.

The Kazakh Foreign Minister said that the country’s leadership prioritizes the accelerated development of the manufacturing industry and the production sector, including the defense industry.

“Kazakh companies are optimistic about prospects of cooperation with foreign partners. We are establishing new diplomatic opportunities for cooperation in the sphere of defense industry,” Abdrakhmanov said.

“Today, the defense industry of Kazakhstan has a significant export potential that plays a certain role in the economy of our country, modern models of Kazakhstan military equipment represent a high level of competitiveness. Currently, the country has established a modern space infrastructure, satellite communication and remote sensing systems of the Earth that can provide communication services as well as the images of space monitoring on the surface of the Earth,” Minister of Defense and Aerospace Industry Atamkulov said.

Participants of the meeting spoke on the potential of domestic projects of the defense industry sector and space activities such as the production of light armored vehicles, heavy machine guns and other military and dual-use items. The work of KazSat satellite communication systems and remote sensing of the Earth KazEOSat, as well as the provision of services of the future spacecraft complex of space vehicles in Astana were also presented.

Foreign diplomats expressed their willingness to take an active part in attracting investments into the defense and aerospace industry of Kazakhstan.

Sergey Kwan