Ministry of Defense (Kazakhstan)

The Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Kazakh: Қазақстан Республикасының Қорғаныс министрлігі, Qazaqstan Respwblıkasynyŋ Qorğanys mınıstrligi) is a government agency of Kazakhstan which is the main executive body in implementing military policy. The Defense Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan is the head of the Ministry of Defense, whose duties are to exercise the administrative leadership of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The ministry was established in May 1992 and is currently headed by Nurlan Ermekbaev. The first Minister of Defense was Army General Sagadat Nurmagambetov who served from May 1992 to October 16, 1995.

Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Қазақстан Республикасының Қорғаныс министрлігі
Qazaqstan Respwblıkasynyŋ Qorğanys mınıstrligi
Flag of Minister of National Defense of Kazakhstan.svg
The flag of the Minister of Defense of Kazakhstan.
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The headquarters of the ministry.
Defense Ministry overview
FormedMay 1992
Preceding Defense Ministry
Headquarters14 Dostyk Street, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Minister responsible
Defense Ministry executive
Parent departmentGovernment of Kazakhstan


The Ministry of Defense conducts the following tasks:[2]

General StaffEdit

The license plate of a military car belonging to the defense ministry.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan is the main body for the management of the armed forces of the state in peacetime and wartime, coordinates the development of plans for the construction and development of the Armed Forces, other troops and military formations, their operational, combat and mobilization training, organizes and carries out strategic planning application and interaction of the Armed Forces, other troops and military formations, and also develops a plan for the operational equipment of the country's territory in defense.

Organizational structureEdit

Organizational structure as of 2020:

  • General Directorate of Physical Training
  • General Directorate of Informatization and Telecommunications
  • General Directorate of Public Procurement
  • Central Archive of the Ministry of Defense
  • Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Ground Forces
  • Management of the commanders of troops and combat arms
  • Central Command Post
  • Arms Reduction Control Center
  • Center for Metrological Support
  • Pension Center
  • Central Army Sports Club
  • Center for Military Space Programs
  • Center for Military Representatives
  • Administrative Department
  • Department of International Cooperation
  • Department of Combat Training
  • Department of Economics and Finance
  • Department of Personnel and Military Education
  • Department of Organizational and Mobilization work
  • Department of Information and Communication
  • Department of Planning and cooperation
  • Department of Educational and Ideological Work
  • Legal Department
  • Department of Military-Technical Policy
  • Department of Military Science and Innovation
  • Main Financial Inspectorate
  • Main Inspectorate
  • General Directorate of Safety Oversight
  • General Directorate of the Cantonment of Troops
  • General Directorate of Communications
  • General Directorate of Special Forces
  • General Directorate of Territorial Defense
  • Main Directorate of the Military Police
  • General Directorate for the Protection of State Secrets and Information Security
  • Main Military Medical Directorate[3]
  • Military Police
  • Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Air Defense Forces
  • Office of the Chief of Logistics and Arms
  • Office for work with sergeants
  • Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy
  • Aviation Training Center
  • Kazakhstan GIS Center
  • Kazspetsexport
  • Honor Guard Company of the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan
  • Central Military Band of the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan
  • Cadet Corps


Military PoliceEdit

Officers of the military police of Kazakhstan in black casual uniforms.

The Military Police of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan (Kazakh: Әскери полициясы, Russian: Военная полиция) is the military police branch of the Defence Ministry. It consists of special military units that are organizationally part of the armed forces as well as other security agencies to ensure the enforcement of law and order.[4]

Honour guard and bandEdit

The honour guard company and band are the main military units subordinate to the ministry and one of the senior ceremonial units in the country. The company is officially part of the 36th Air Assault Brigade of the Kazakh Airmobile Forces and is composed of personnel from the Ground Forces, Navy, and Air Force. Colonel Alexander Belyakov (Russian: Александр Викторович Беляков) was the original director of the band in November 1995 after he was commissioned to lead the massed bands by General Nurmagambetov in the Victory Day Parade on Almaty's Republic Square that May.[5] In 2012, the band was relocated from Almaty to the capital of Astana (now Nur-Sultan).

Cadet CorpsEdit

The Cadet Corps of the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan named after Shoqan Walikhanov (Russian: Кадетский корпус Министерства обороны Республики Казахстан имени Чокана Валиханова) is an institution of the ministry that was formed on 1 July 1996 as a secondary school that prepared Kazakh youth for service in the military and for leadership as junior army, navy, and air force commanders. A similar task is done today by the Astana Zhas Ulan Republican School. A month after its formation, the corps had 96 enlisted cadets, most of whom came from the Alma-Ata Higher All-Arms Command School (now the Military Institute of the Kazakh Ground Forces). On its first graduation day on July 29, 1999, where 11 cadets graduated from the corps and enrolled in higher educational institutions, the corps received its own battle flag by the then head of the corps, Colonel Kuangaliev and defense minister Mukhtar Altynbayev. The corps is currently based in the city of Shchuchinsk in the Akmola Region.[6][7]


Sarbazy GazetteEdit

The Central Press Service of the Ministry of Defense operates the Sarbazy (Warrior) Gazette. It was created with the Qysl әsker military newspaper of the Kazakh Military Commissariat. It appeared once a week in the Latin script of the Kazakh language. On 1 November 1969, a newspaper called The Battle Banner began to appear in Alma-Ata. Since each district at that time had its own printed organ, the Central Asian Military District had direct control over the newspaper. In May 1989, the publication was discontinued due to the abolition of the district, and the editorial office was disbanded. Between 1989 and 1992, the Armed Forces explored the idea of recreating a newspaper. The first issue was released on 16 December 1992 in both the Kazakh and Russian languages.[8]

Center for Military MedicineEdit

The Center for Military Medicine consists of 76 employees, experts, and doctors. The history of the center of military medicine, which has no analogues in Central Asia, began on 1 November 1969, when the forensic laboratory of the Central Asian Military District was established. After Kazakhstan gained independence, it was renamed the Central Medical Laboratory of the Ministry of Defense. In 2010, the institution received its current name. Since 2011, it included an internship of the medical staff of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan. The medical center provides education in the field of military medicine and is responsible for organizational and educational work in the field of advanced training and course training. The teaching staff is involved in training peacekeepers for United Nations missions.[9] It is attached to the Main Military Medical Directorate of the Ministry of Defence.

Central Army Sports ClubEdit

The Central Army Sports Club (Russian: ЦСКА, CSKA) is a Kazakh sports club based in Almaty.[10] The history of military sports in Kazakhstan dates back to 1970, when a sports battalion was formed in the Central Asian Military District, forming in 1974 the 42nd Sports Company and subsequently, the 12th Sports Club of the Army in 1978. On the Directive of the Central Staff of the USSR, on 5 January 1990, the 12th Army Sports club transformed into a Branch of the Order of Lenin Central Sports Club. After independence as achieved, on 11 February 1992, it was reorganized into the Central Army Sports Club of the State Defense Committee. In March 1994, it was renamed to the Sports Committee of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan.[11] 9 athletes from the club were included in the national team at the 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty, competing in biathlon, cross-country skiing and ice hockey.[12] In July 2019, club member Sergey Tsyrulnikov, a four-time Guinness record holder, broke a record by using only one hand to nail frying pans and into wooden planks in just under 2 minutes.[13][14][15]


Kazspetsexport is a state company funded and controlled by the Ministry of Defence of Kazakhstan. In January 2012, Airbus Military signed a firm contract with Kazspetsexport to supply two EADS CASA C-295 military transport aircraft plus the related service support package for spare parts and ground support equipment.[16]

List of Defence Ministers of KazakhstanEdit


See alsoEdit



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  16. ^ Defense Industry Daily, EADS-Signs-its-Own-Titanium-Deal-with-Kazakhstan