Kazakh Ground Forces
The Kazakh Ground Forces are the army service branch of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
|Kazakh Ground Forces|
|Қазақстан Республикасы Қарулы Күштерінің Құрлық|
Qazaqstan Respýblıkasy Qarýly Kúshteriniń Qurlyq
Сухопутных войск Республики Казахстан
Shoulder Patch of the Kazakh Ground Forces
|Active||9 April 1993 - present|
|Branch||Armed Forces of Kazakhstan|
|Part of||Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan|
|Engagements||Tajikistani Civil War|
|Supreme Commander-in-chief||Kassym-Jomart Tokayev|
|Chief of the General Staff||Murat Bektanov|
|Commander of the Ground Forces||Marat Khusainov|
The Kazakh Army was founded on April 9, 1993 by the order of Defense Minister Sagadat Nurmagambetov. It followed the enacting of the law, "On Defense and Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan", which is the legal basis for the Kazakh military structures..
The Kazakh Army was made up of the Soviet 32nd Army, which had been serving in the KSSR (Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic) for many years before it came under Kazakh government control in May 1992.
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The main tasks of the Ground Forces include:
- Maintaining the readiness of troops to repel aggression.
- Armed defense of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
- Protection and defense of state and military facilities.
- Defense of the state border by land and air.
- Peacekeeping missions.
Currently, the ground forces include four regional commands:
- Regional Command "Astana" (HQ Karaganda)
- Regional Command "East" (HQ Semey)
- Regional Command "West" (HQ Atyrau)
- Regional Command "South" (HQ Taraz)
These commands were all established in 2003. 
The Military Institute of the Kazakh Ground Forces (Kazakh: Qurlyq áskerleriniń áskerı ınstıtýty / Құрлық әскерлерінің әскери институты) is the main educational institute of the Ground Forces, and one of the leading Kazakh military academies. It has many notable alumni, including Lieutenant General Murat Maikeyev, Colonel General Saken Zhasuzakov and Major General Abibilla Kudayberdiev.
|Armored fighting vehicle|
|T-72KZ Shigiz||Russia, Kazakhstan||Main battle tank||650|
|GAZ Tigr||Russia||Infantry mobility vehicle||21|
|BMPT-72 Terminator||Soviet Union||Tank Destroyer||10|
|BTR-80||Soviet Union||Amphibious APC||110||44 are the 82A variant|
|Otokar Cobra||Turkey||APC||17+||Manufactured locally with license|
|Arlan||South Africa, Kazakhstan||APC||90||Ordered by the Kazakh military in 2013 as a result of an agreement between Kazakhstan Engineering and Paramount Group|
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