Winter Drills of Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Winter Drills of Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan (10)

Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan regularly publishes news on their official website. We collected photos from various winter exercises and drills and depicting small arms in the hands of Kazakh soldiers. The units in the photos represent various branches of this country’s military. I hope you enjoyed this set of photos. Let us know in the comments section what interesting piece of gear have you noticed.

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