Kazakhstan can be the first customer of Russian military transport planes IL-76MD-90A ahead of Algeria, Iran and the RSA, Kommersant newspaper informs.
As it was earlier informed, Defense Minister of Kazakhstan Imangali Tasmagambetov and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu discussed all the issues of military and technical cooperation on Tuesday.
As it informed, Moscow and Astana started talks on delivering training airplanes Yak-152 and combat-capable trainer aircraft Yak-130 to Kazakhstan. Besides, the sides had some progress in the talks on military and transport planes IL-76MD-90A. If the sides come to terms in the nearest future Kazakhstan can become the first country ahead of Algeria, Iran and the RSA new IL planes will be delivered to.
The Il-76MD-90A is a deeply modernized version of Russia’s world-famous Il-76 aircraft, featuring a fully-digital flight control system, new avionics and PS-90A-76 engines with improved fuel efficiency systems.
In general, the Russian-Kazakh military technical cooperation is quite stable. In 2015, the sides signed an agreement that allows the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan to buy military equipment from Russia at the same prices it is bought by the Russian military.