Addressing veterans, soldiers and officers, Nursultan Nazarbayev stressed that the armed forces are the main guarantor of security, an unshakable stronghold of the sovereignty and peaceful rest of our Motherland.
"Kazakhstani servicemen are worthy successors of the traditions of military prowess and glory of our fathers and grandfathers who defeated fascism in the most brutal war of all epochs and times. We will always remember their selfless heroism and immortal feat in the name of life and prosperity in their native land," said the President of Kazakhstan.
Nursultan Nazarbayev stated that, despite the consistent and peaceful policy pursued by our country, the Kazakh army is reliant on independence, successfully promotes collective security within the CSTO and fulfills important peacekeeping functions under the aegis of the UN.
Noting the great attention to strengthening the army's potential and the maximum support provided by the state, the President of Kazakhstan pointed out that Kazakhstan has a goal – to create a modern, mobile and highly professional army by 2030.
"To this end, from 2020, the necessary funds will be allocated for the needs of defense. In order to respond effectively to new threats and security challenges, highly mobile Special Operations Forces and Territorial Forces have been created and integrated into the defense system. I am sure that new parts will be worthy to bear the military banners handed to them today," the Head of State concluded.
After the ceremony of awarding the combat banners of the territorial defense brigades to the akims of the regions, Astana and Almaty cities, solemn marches were held for military personnel of the Special Operations Forces, the State Security Service, the National Guard, the Special Forces Unit of the Navy Forces, and territorial troops.
During the execution of tactical episodes on the destruction of the conventional base of illegal armed formations, the capabilities of the missile and artillery weapons were demonstrated: the Tochka-U tactical missile systems, Grad and Prima rocket launching systems, MSTA-B and D-30 howitzers, heavy flamethrower systems of Solntsepyok, anti-tank missile system Shturm-S, etc. Ground forces and troops of the Air Defense Forces fired real rocket launches, bombing, combat firing from all types of weapons. Aircraft and helicopters of the front and army aviation of the Air Force conducted an air battle in the sky. The aerobatic team Zhetysu Barysy performed aerobatics figures.
About 3000 servicemen took part in the military parade, 300 units of weapons and military equipment, 40 aircraft units were involved.
In conclusion, the Head of State inspected the latest samples of military equipment and weapons, and thanked all the participants in the combat parade for the demonstrated skill in conducting the battle in the field, accuracy in shooting and combat training.
"The battle parade has become a real demonstration of the level of your military skill and coherence in the field. I am confident that holding the parade will serve the further increasing of the professionalism and combat readiness of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan. I congratulate you all on the Defender of the Fatherland Day and the Coming Victory Day!" said Nursultan Nazarbayev.