Kazakhstan improves border guard technical equipment
Astana, Kazakhstan, Jan. 19
By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:
Kazakhstan carried out a number of measures to improve the technical equipment of border guards in 2014, Acting Deputy Chairman of the National Security Committee, director of the Border Guard Service Colonel Darkhan Dilmanov said during the expanded meeting of the Military Council of the Border Service and the Chairman of the National Security Committee Nurtai Abykayev Jan. 19.
"2014 was a period of global changes in geopolitics and global economy," Abykayev said. "New tension appears. A level of threats from terrorist and extremist organizations sharply increased."
That's why, much attention is being paid to the technical equipment of border guards.
An-74T-200A transport aircraft, two military transport helicopters Mi-171Sh were purchased in 2014. Around nine aircraft were repaired and modernized. This allowed carrying out reconnaissance flights (patrol) at night using night vision goggles.
Many opportunities appeared for the transfer of aviation reserves.
Moreover, a ship of the border service with 62 ton displacement as part of the Aybar project was commissioned to protect the state border in the Caspian Sea and to fight against poaching.
Some 447 automotive, engineering and road machinery were added to the fleet of the Border Service.
Kazakh border guards will continue equipping their troops with weaponry and military equipment, technical means of border protection and border control, Director of the Border Guard Service, Colonel Darkhan Dilmanov said.
The activities of border guards in 2014 were among the issues discussed during the meeting of the Military Council.
Over 24,000 violators of borders were detained, 673 attempts to smuggle contraband and prohibited cargo of over 2,000 metric tons were prevented.
Around 1.5 metric tons of drugs, including 96.8 kilograms of heroin were seized.
As a result of carrying out special preventive operations in the Caspian Sea basin, 144 floating crafts were detained, around 4,000 commercially valuable fish species, over 1,000 ordinary fish species, some 200 kilometers of hooks, 280 kilometers of fishing nets were seized.
Some 190 criminal cases were initiated upon the facts of prevented offences; 168,888 million KZT ($1 =183.8 KZT) worth of fine was imposed on 10,394 citizens.
Edited by CN