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Where? Astana Airport, Kazakhstan
When? 3-6/05/2012

Kazachstan might have become very well known by the 'Borat' movie, but fortunately this comedy is far from reality. Being the 9th largest country on Earth and celebrating the state's 20th anniversary in 2012, it is amongst the uprising ex-Soviet states and has to offer a lot.

A vast country and large natural resources combined with a long borderline, being still located in an unstable region, the reaching for safety and security is a countries natural behaviour and thus not for nothing the KADEX „International Exhibition of Weapons System and Military Equipment“ has been set up in 2010.

1KADEX So 5182 700 470 90
1KADEX So 5182 100 67 85
2KADEX So 4888 100 67 85
KADEX So 1792 100 67 85
KADEX So 4889 100 67 85
ZKADEX So 2642 100 67 85
KADEX So 5111 700 470 90
KADEX So 5111 100 67 85
KADEX So 5175 100 67 85
KADEX So 5180 100 67 85
KADEX So 5303 100 67 85
KADEX So 5306 100 67 85

Of course its sole purpose is not only to bring people together in conferences to discuss about defence and security topics, but also to display every sort of defence material, and to provide a proper presentation of the countries strong military.
Many tanks and ground equipment could be seen upon entering the showground, but the main reason for the aviation enthusiast was the rare - and most probably - unique view of some of the flying assets of the Kazakhstan Air and Air Defence Forces.

KADEX KzAF 2122 700 470 90
KADEX KzAF 2122 100 67 85
KADEX KzAF 5250 100 67 85
KADEX KzAF 5279 100 67 85
KADEX KzAF 5374 100 67 85
KADEX MiG 31 2658 100 67 85
KADEX So 1987 100 67 85

Colourful and shiny were the gems in the static display:

KADEX KzAF 5064 700 470 90
KADEX KzAF 5064 100 67 85
KADEX KzAF 5295 100 67 85
KADEX MiG 29 5100 100 67 85
KADEX MiG 29 5289 100 67 85
ZKADEX KzAF 2120 100 67 85

These are some more photos linked and available in higher resolution. They will open in a new window:

911 Kadex Mig 31 5193 04 911 Kadex Mig 27 5255 04 911 Kadex Su 27 5294 04

A Su-25, MiG-27, MiG-29 and Su-27 already showed the large diversity of the Air Force:

AKADEX Su 25 5267 700 470 90
AKADEX Su 25 5267 100 67 85
KADEX Su 25 2123 100 67 85
KADEX Su 25 4933 100 67 85
KADEX Su 25 4936 100 67 85
KADEX Su 25 5088 100 67 85
KADEX MiG 27 1752 700 470 90
KADEX MiG 27 1752 100 67 85
KADEX MiG 27 1755 100 67 85
KADEX MiG 27 4982 100 67 85
KADEX MiG 27 5084 100 67 85
KADEX MiG 27 5276 100 67 85

Also the combination of an Israeli manufactured Litening pod with a Soviet laser-guided bomb was a clear sign to keep the strength of their fleet up-to-date.

1KADEX Su 27 5294 700 470 90
1KADEX Su 27 5294 100 67 85
KADEX Su 27 1725 100 67 85
KADEX Su 27 1734 100 67 85
KADEX Su 27 4979 100 67 85
KADEX Su 27 5291 100 67 85
KADEX Su 27 1729 700 470 90
KADEX Su 27 1729 100 67 85
KADEX Su 27 1733 100 67 85
KADEX Su 27 1993 100 67 85
KADEX Su 27 2119 100 67 85
KADEX Su 27 4942 100 67 85
KADEX Su 27 5099 100 67 85

A large country ask for long range and thus large aircraft. The mighty MiG-31 is a great aircraft for such a tasking and not for nothing Kazakhstan is apart from Russia the sole operator of this fascinating type. One example has also been displayed on ground, very close to the Mi-26, the world's largest transport helicopter.

AKADEX MiG 31 5316 700 470 90
AKADEX MiG 31 5316 100 67 85
KADEX MiG 31 1746 100 67 85
KADEX MiG 31 1794 100 67 85
KADEX MiG 31 1841 100 67 85
KADEX MiG 31 1991 100 67 85
KADEX MiG 31 5199 100 67 85

Some more highlights on the ground can be seen on the following photos:

KADEX An 26 4902 700 470 90
KADEX An 26 4902 100 67 85
KADEX An 26 5208 100 67 85
KADEX EC145 5023 100 67 85
KADEX Mi 26 5112 100 67 85
KADEX Yak 40 2612 100 67 85
1KADEX Ka 32 4950 700 470 90
1KADEX Ka 32 4950 100 67 85
KADEX EC145 5319 100 67 85
KADEX EC725 5203 100 67 85
KADEX Ka 32 5321 100 67 85
KADEX Static 1778 100 67 85
KADEX Tu 134 2010 700 470 90
KADEX Tu 134 2010 100 67 85
KADEX Tu 134 2057 100 67 85
KADEX Tu 134 2067 100 67 85
KADEX Tu 134 2068 100 67 85
KADEX Tu 134 5326 100 67 85

Of course there is also the ambition to introduce new equipment: MiG tries to sell its MiG-35 which was present on the ground, Airbus Military and Eurocopter were already successful and two Khazak EC145 as well as a C295, of which two are on order, could be seen as well.

KADEX MiG 35 1785 700 470 90
KADEX MiG 35 1785 100 67 85
KADEX MiG 35 2627 100 67 85
ZKADEX MiG 35 1834 100 67 85
KADEX SSJ100 1927 700 470 90
KADEX SSJ100 1927 100 67 85
KADEX SSJ100 1930 100 67 85
KADEX An 30 5209 700 470 90
KADEX An 30 5209 100 67 85
KADEX An 74 5222 100 67 85
KADEX C295 4973 100 67 85

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