Ministry of Defense (Uzbekistan)


The Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Uzbek: O'zbekiston Respublikasi Mudofaa vazirligi) exercises administrative and operational leadership of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The Uzbek Minister of Defense is the nominal head of all the Armed Forces, serving under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, who is the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan. In this capacity, the minister exercises day-to-day administrative and operational authority over the armed forces. In wartime, the defense minister also serves in an official capacity as the Deputy Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the military. The General Staff, the executive body of the Ministry of Defense, implements the defense minister's operational instructions and orders. The Oliy Majlis exercises legislative authority over the Ministry of Defense through the Government of Uzbekistan, which is nominally responsible for maintaining the armed forces at the appropriate level of readiness.[1]

Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Uzbekistan
O'zbekiston Respublikasi Mudofaa vazirligi
Seal of the Ministry of Defence
Flag of the Ministry of Defence

Minister of Defense Bakhodir Kurbanov
Defense Ministry overview
FormedJuly 3, 1992
Preceding Defense Ministry
JurisdictionGovernment of Uzbekistan
Headquarters100 Mirzo Ulugbek Avenue, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Minister responsible
Defense Ministry executive
WebsiteMinistry of Defense of Uzbekistan

The ministry is currently located in the former headquarters of Turkestan Military District (TurkVO) on 100 Mirzo Ulugbek Avenue (formerly known as Maxim Gorky Avenue) in Tashkent. The current Uzbek minister of Defense is Major General Bakhodir Kurbanov.

History Edit

Staff building of the TurkVO in 1977

The ministry was created as one of the first military departments established in the former Soviet Union, being established 1 day after the founding of the (one day after the creation of the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan. On September 6, 1991, the newly elected president Islam Karimov signed a decree establishing the Ministry of Defense, being originally named as the main military department of the Uzbek SSR. On July 3, 1992, the department was renamed to the Ministry of Defense. The appointment of the first civilian to the ministry in the early 2000s were part of plans to "establish civilian control over military structures within the state", with the defence ministry playing a more administrative role, while army commanders took charge of military operations.[2]

Purpose Edit

The headquarters of the ministry in Tashkent

The Ministry of Defense manages its subordinate troops, and ensures the implementation of state policy in the field of defense and army building, equipping the national military with modern weapons and military equipment, expanding military cooperation, and organizing of recruitment and training of the armed forces. The Ministry of Defense has five military districts, a special purpose unit (communications, engineering, chemical, etc.), a counter-terrorism unit and a special operations unit, as well as higher military educational institutions. The ministry also maintains and operates the State Museum of the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan.

Organization Edit

Departments Edit

  • Main Directorate of Military Engineering and Construction Formation[3]

General Staff Edit

In August 1998, at a meeting of the National Security Council under the President of Uzbekistan, it was decided to separate the General Staff from the Ministry of Defense.[4] In 2000, the General Staff created and was subordinated to the Ministry of Defense and was renamed to the Joint Headquarters of the Armed Forces, which is the sole command body for the development and implementation of decisions in the field of armed defense of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country. It is responsible for developing the foundations of the national military strategy, developing the structure of the military, managing state committees and departments and carry out strategic and operational planning.[5][6][7]

Educational establishments[8] Edit

The government maintains a command and staff college for the military in Tashkent, based on the former Soviet TVOKU higher command college.

Special units Edit

Different special units in the armed forces include the following:

Public Council Edit

On 24 October 2012, the Public Council of the Ministry of Defence was established. It is designed to promote the participation of citizens and NGOs in the development of military policy.[10] The council consists of 28 members, including the members of the Senate and the Legislative Chamber, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, intellectuals, cultural workers and scientists. From those 28 members, five commissions based in five priority areas are operating.[11]

Territorial Directorates Edit

Forces of the Uzbek defence ministry during a military parade on Red Square.

Military districts of the armed forces are under the jurisdiction of the defense ministry, with their headquarters being the center of their regions of which they are responsible for. It is the main military administrative unit and territorial general military operational-strategic association that protects the security and territorial integrity of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the specific operational areas. The following are a list of military districts in Uzbekistan:

District Headquarters Location
Northwest Military District HQ Nukus
Southwest Special Military District HQ Karshi
Central Military District HQ Dzhizak
Eastern Military District HQ Ferghana
Tashkent Military District HQ Tashkent

List of Ministers Edit

Notes Edit

  1. ^ The first and only civilian defense minister of Uzbekistan.[14]

References Edit

  1. ^ "Uzbekistan - Ministry of Defense". GlobalSecurity. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Civilian Takes Charges Of Uzbek Army". Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  3. ^ "498-сон 03.11.1997. Об утверждении положения о военных инженерно-строительных формированиях министерства обороны Республики Узбекистан". Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  4. ^ "Qurolli Kuchlar tashkiliy-shtat tizimidagi o'zgarishlar". 14 February 2018.
  5. ^ Интернет-журнал Армейский Вестник. «Узбекская армия»
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Национальная оборона / Геополитика / "Нейтрализовать и дать достойный отпор"".
  8. ^ "Олий ҳарбий таълим муассасаларида битирувчиларни кузатишга бағишланган тантанали маросимлар бўлиб ўтди".
  9. ^ xizmati, Matbuot (2021-05-27). "Центральному ансамблю песни и танца Вооруженных Сил 29 лет". Министерство Обороны Республики Узбекистане. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
  10. ^ "Meeting of the Public Council at the Ministry of Defense takes place". 5 February 2016.
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Uzbekistan Replaces Defense Minister". Jamestown.
  13. ^ "Uzbekistan Drifting into Military Dependence on Russia". Jamestown.
  14. ^ "Civilian Takes Charges of Uzbek Army".

External links Edit

  • The Ministry of Defense on YouTube
  • [1] – Official Website