Armed Forces: Planned strength 80,000 to 90,000;
1996 army strength about 25,000, air force about 15,000, border
troops 5,000 to 6,000, naval force in planning stage.
Major Military Units: Army has two motorized
rifle divisions, one tank division, one artillery regiment. National
Guard operates 25 percent of boats in Caspian Sea Flotilla. Air
force has one heavy bomber regiment; one division with three fighter-bomber
regiments; and single, independent reconnais-sance, fighter, and
Military Budget: In 1995, estimated at US$297
Internal Security: System largely unchanged
from Soviet period. National Security Committee, successor to
Committee for State Security (KGB), performs intelligence and
counter-intelligence operations. Ministry of Justice runs police
(militia) and prison systems.
Data as of March 1996