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CSTO proposes formation of joint Eurasian air force

April 18, 2013

The Russian-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organization held a defense meeting in Kyrgyzstan this week that was highlighted by the announcement that the CSTO plans to form a joint air force (Collective Air Force or CAF) that will be part of their existing and growing regional rapid response force (Collective Rapid Response Forces, CRRF).  The CAF will provide both transport and combat duties for the CRRF.  The CAF will be based at Kyrgyzstan’s Kant Air Base and, if nothing else, will provide cover for the growing Russian presence there.   Kant is just east of the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek which is itself very nearly the geographic center of the Eurasian land mass:

Kant Air Base

Current CSTO members in addition to Russia and Kyrgyzstan are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Tajikstan but it is not clear whether all nations will provide men or materiel to the CAF.

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