Barys 8×8 completes four-year trials in Kazakhstan


The Barys 8 infantry combat vehicle, produced by Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), has concluded a four-year series of trials conducted by the Ministry of Defence of Kazakhstan, bringing the vehicle closer to its first production order.

KPA, the joint venture between Paramount Group and one of Kazpetromash, said the Barys (‘Snow Leopard’ in Kazakh) is the localised version of Paramount Group’s Mbombe 8 infantry combat vehicle (ICV) and was unveiled for the first time at the KADEX Exhibition of 2016.

Over the span of four years, the Barys was tested throughout the mountainous terrains of Southern Kazakhstan, across forested and savannah-like steppe and the salt marshes of Central Kazakhstan. The campaign came to its conclusion upon the sands of Mangistau, near the Caspian Sea, covering a total distance of 25 000 km, KPE said.

In addition to testing the vehicle’s mobility, more than 5 000 rounds of 30 mm and 7 000 rounds of 7.62 calibre ammunition were fired during the course of trials.

The Barys 8×8 had previously undergone testing in adverse weather conditions across Central Asia, withstanding temperatures between +45º and -60ºC during summer and winter trials.

The Barys 8×8 is manufactured in Kazakhstan, at the 15 000 square metre KPE armoured vehicle production facility in Nursultan. Operated by over 200 Kazakhstani employees, the facility has for years manufactured vehicles for Kazakhstan’s Special Operations Forces and its Ministry of Defence, including Arlan (Marauder) vehicles.

John Craig, Executive Chairman of Paramount Land Systems Group, stated, “The Barys 8×8 has undergone uniquely challenging and extensive testing over the course of the past four years. Its successful completion of this campaign is an important milestone in the success story of Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering. This further demonstrates the advanced potential of Kazakhstan’s defence industry, offering state-of-the-art facilities and high level skills for the development of indigenously manufactured defence technologies to the wider region.

“The Barys 8 is a breakthrough for the region and one that allows us to perpetually integrate next-generation technologies that will ensure the platform remains on the cutting-edge of the defence and security landscape, meeting the demands of regional armed forces. The Barys 8×8 is also a testament to the exceptional capabilities of our partners at Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering.”

The Baryx has a gross weight of approximately 28 tonnes, kerb weight of 19 tonnes and payload of 9 tonnes which covers weapon system, ammunition, crew and supplies. It is powered by a 6 cylinder turbo charged diesel engine driving a six speed automatic transmission and giving a top speed of 110km/h. Range is 800 km.

Eight dismounts can be accommodated in addition to three crewmembers. Ballistic protection is to STANAG 4569 Level 3+ and blast protection is to STANAG 4569 Level 4a and 4b. The anti-mine flat bottom of the Barys 8 allows its silhouette to be reduced to 2.4 metres.

Special ‘anti-mine’ seats have been designed and equipped within the Barys 8 to prevent injury to the crew during extreme acceleration, which can take place due to the effects of an explosion near or directly under the vehicle.

The Barys 8 is fitted with the Ansar manned combat automatic system, wholly produced in Kazakhstan: a remotely controlled turret variant with a 30 mm 2A72 automatic gun equipped with stabilizing barrel support, a twin 7.62-mm PKT(M) machine gun, ammunition storage, feeding and loading system, and 81 mm smoke grenade launchers. The installation of anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) launchers can also be provided.

The vehicle’s retractable searching and tracking system is equipped with a television camera, thermal imager, laser rangefinder, night vision devices and a weather station. In addition, a missile guidance unit can be installed, capable of addressing low-flying aerial targets.

KPE said it looks to further bolster the Eurasian nation’s industrial capability in future by expanding into new land, aerial and maritime production lines.