posted on May, 26 2013 @ 10:56 AM
Reports are coming out that the Collective Security Treaty Organization is to get its own air force in the coming years. The CSTO is a NATO like
agreement between Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.
The budget for the CSTO is very tight, but it's said that they would have attack helicopters for CAS, as well as cargo aircraft for moving troops and
weapons around. They would be based in Kant, in Kyrgyzstan. A Russian Air Force contingent is already based there.
Two upcoming events lead analysts to believe that this is a very real possibility if the member nations can supply the aircraft in question. One is
the NATO withdrawl from Afghanistan, which Russia has already said they would send "peacekeepers" to the area afterwards.
The second is the succession in Uzbekistan, which could destabilize the region.
Taking into account the latest crisis events that include the Steadfast Jazz Exercise in Poland and the Zapad 2013 event, as well as simulated
attack on Sweden, it is interesting that the Russian NATO counterpart, CSTO, is going to have own air force, as it was revealed by Russian documents
Collective Security Treaty Organization is an intergovernmental military alliance between Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and
The eventual Collective Air Force (CAF) would be equipped with combat helicopters (provided by Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) to conduct CAS (Close
Air Support) missions, and cargo planes, to move CSTO forces supporting the alliance’s operations.
The CAF would have in Kant airport, in Kyrgyzstan, where a Russian Air Force contingent is already deployed, its main operating base.