December 18, 2017 – FRN –
As part of the international military-technical cooperation between Russia and Tajikistan, Russia will transfer to Tajikistan small arms, artillery and armored vehicles (armored personnel carriers BTR-80, BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, T-72 tanks), Mi-8 helicopters and Mi-24, communication and air defense equipment, logistics equipment, medical and topographic equipment.
The supply of weapons and military equipment is part of the program for the modernization of the Armed Forces of Tajikistan, which is important for improving the fighting capacity of the troops of this republic. The program will expand the capabilities of Tajikistan in combating the terrorist threat and strengthening the Tajik-Afghan border, the Defense Ministry said.
In March 2016, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon decided to increase the organizational structure of the Armed Forces of Tajikistan from 6,000 to 20,000 troops. The main role in the training of personnel is assigned to Russia.
The main security guarantor of Tajikistan is the 201st Russian military base (about 7 thousand military personnel) stationed in Dushanbe, Kulyab and Kurgan-Tube.
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