Kazakhstan and Central Asia Defence and Security Report 2017
BMI View: Demand for defence products will remain relatively strong in Central Asia over the coming years, as the region's militaries seek to upgrade or replace outdated equipment in the face of threats from terrorism, internal instability, organised crime and regional tensions. That said, in many cases, budget constraints will limit new procurement - particularly in the medium term, given lower oil prices. Countries across Central Asia will continue to rely on foreign suppliers for the delivery of military equipment, given the highly limited capabilities of their local defence sectors. Kazakhstan will retain its position as the most developed defence player regionally; however, much of the country's defence output will remain uncompetitive on the international market over our forecast period to 2026.
Defence Industry Risk Reward Index
The Kazakh government is investing in modernising its military and reducing technology dependency by encouraging joint ventures between local and foreign companies. However, the country's defence budget is still limited on a global comparison - and particularly in relation to Western Europe. Nonetheless, Kazakhstan boasts a high number of defence agreements, which indicates good trade opportunities for local entities in future. Overall, the country receives a score of 42 out of 100 in the BMI Defence Industry Risk Reward Index, placing third in Central Asia and 20th out of the 25 European states included in our regional rankings.