United States Presents Equipment to the Ministry of Defense, Border Troops and State Customs Committee
On April 30, Jon R. Purnell, U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan, presented a total of $516,638 worth of equipment to the Uzbek Ministry of Defense, Border Troops of the National Security Service, and State Customs Committee.
Accepting the equipment for the Ministry of Defense, Deputy Minister for International Affairs Issues Colonel Rustam Niyazov, for the Border Troops of the National Security Service was Deputy Commander of the Border Troops Colonel Rashid Habiev, and for the State Customs Committee, Deputy Chairman Batir Khalmatov. Also participating in the ceremony were officials from the Governments of Uzbekistan and the United States.
The equipment consisting of 36 - HGU-56/P Aircrew Integrated Helmet Systems, 26 - GARMIN GPS 196 Receivers, 100 - Magellan GP 315 GPS Receivers, 10 - U-98 Diesel Generators Barnaultransmash, 3 - Barnaultransmash 3D6N-235S Marine Diesel Engines, 266 - Maintenance-free Automobile Batteries, and 15 - Contraband Team Inspection Kits (CT-30) will significantly enhance the ability of all three agencies to perform their mission of protecting the borders of Uzbekistan. The equipment was presented under the State Department-funded Export Control and Related Border Security Assistance (EXBS) program and Aviation and Interdiction Project (AIP).
The EXBS and AIP Programs, administered by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, is designed to help halt the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems, related technologies, and other weapons. The program in Uzbekistan comprises a wide range of nonproliferation export control assistance, from licensing and legal/regulatory technical workshops, to provision of equipment, and training for border control and enforcement agencies. Equipment being provided under this program includes communications equipment, surveillance and detection equipment, protective and medical equipment, vehicles, and vessels.
Since its inception in April 2000, the EXBS program has donated over $7,000,000 in equipment and training to the Government of Uzbekistan. In February 2004, the EXBS program presented a total of 45 Heavy Trucks, 50 Honda Generators, 200 Nikon binoculars, and 150 Lectro-Science handheld spotlights totaling $1,189,348 to the Uzbek Committee for State Border Protection. In July 2003, the EXBS program presented a total of 146 UAZ vehicles to the Uzbek Committee for State Border Protection and Uzbek Customs Committee valued at over $800,000. In August 2003, the program presented 3,776 Motorola radios, 708 antennas, and other communications equipment valued at over $1,800,000 to the Committee for State Border Protection and Uzbek Customs Committee. In September 2003, EXBS presented over $217,000 worth of instructional equipment for the new Customs Institute in Tashkent.
In the comings months, EXBS and AIP equipment donations will include night vision equipment, voltage stabilizers, and other equipment valued at over $600,000. Other major equipment donations scheduled for delivery next year include two helicopter simulators valued at $6,500,000 and two patrol boats valued at $5,800,000.