Source Pravda.Ru

Russian Defence Ministry Gets Permission to Acquire Land Plot in Kirghizia

Russia's Defence Ministry has obtained the Kyrghyz authorities' permission to acquire the land plot and premises of the Kant air field that it will equip as an airbase, the Kyrghyz media report.

The airstrip of the former Soviet training airbase for pilots from third countries can receive aircraft of all types.

The Kant airbase, which will be equipped with a night navigation system, will include ammunition and fuel storages and other related facilities.

To be stationed at the airbase in Kant will be 20 Russian combat and a few transport aircraft and close on a 300 strong military contingent, and aircraft of other countries on the Collective Security Treaty, CST.

The Russian Air Force plans to deploy in Kant SU-27 fighters, SU-25 strike-fighters and MI-28 helicopters.

The presidents of the CST member-countries will gather for a meeting in April to take a final decision as to the composition of the airbase and its operation timeframe.