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AIR Kant

Last modified: 09 Feb 2021

Country: Kyrgyzstan   

Latitude: 40° 2' 33" N     Longitude: 70° 50' 17" E

Area use / Military Branches: Military airfield


Kant airbase. A former Soviet airbase taken over by Kyrgyzstan after independence.
In accordance with a bilateral agreement between Russia and Kyrgyzstan signed in September 2003, the base also hosts Russian Air Force units. The official opening took place in October 2003, making the facility the first new airbase Russia opened abroad since 1991. The unit stationed there has been described as Russian Air Force's 5th Air and Air Defence Forces Army's
In December 2012, Kyrgyzstan agreed to lease the base to Russia for 15 years (with an option for an automatic extension of 5 years) after the Russian government agreed to reduce Kyrgyz debt by $500 million.]

Currently based Kyrgyz Air Force:
- a composite airwing operating an unknown number of L-39 Albatross jet trainers; MiG-21 fighters; Mil Mi-8 utulity and Mil Mi-24 attack helicopters

Currently based Russian units: none but regularly used by all kinds of aircraft

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