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KADEX 2012
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.

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.

Colourful and shiny were the gems in the static display:

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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