The Kazakh Air Force has received an upgraded Antonov An-12 military transport plane as part of its aircraft modernisation programme.

The upgraded aircraft has been fitted with a GPRS navigation system, advanced weather-detectors, an altimeter and oxygen dispensing equipment.

The Antonov An-12 aeroplane is capable of transporting 20t of freight including military equipment and can accomodate 100 military personnel.

The modernised planes will be used for the redeployment of military personnel to conflict zones, and will also ensure the battle training of military troop-carrier aviation.

Kazakh Air Force Commander Alsai Dzhumanov said, "We also have Antonov An-72 aeroplanes for the transportation of 10t of freight. In the near future, we will receive these planes after modernisation."