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Kazakhstan’s military will buy six retrofitted US Huey helicopters to build a naval and air presence in the Caspian Sea.

The Hueys are part of a contract signed by Kazakhstan in 2007 which carried an option to retrofit six more Hueys, according to Central Asia Newswire.

Kazakhstan is in need of a navy in the Caspian Sea to protect its growing petroleum-development infrastructure.

The navy’s main missions would be combating terrorism, piracy, smuggling and drug trafficking and conducting search and rescue operations in addition to protecting infrastructure.

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Kazakhstan is also building patrol boats and buying larger corvettes for the northern Caspian with help from Russian, South Korean or Dutch companies.