Paramount Group and its joint venture in Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), announced that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of Kazakhstan is in the final stages of the evaluation of the BARYS 8x8 combat vehicle ahead of acceptance into service by the country’s armed forces.
The BARYS (Snow Leopard in the Kazakh language) which is based on Paramount Group’s MBOMBE 8, was developed to meet the increasing demand for multi-role, high mobility and mine hardened platforms.
The winter trials included day and night firing and the BARYS 8x8 vehicle was equipped with a Shipunov 2A42 30mm automatic cannon and a 7.62mm machine gun jointly manufactured by Kazakhstan’s KAE, which manufactures electro-optic defence equipment and Turkish defence company Aselsan.
The 8x8 combat vehicle and other Paramount armoured vehicles will be produced at the 15,000sqm KPE armoured vehicle factory in Astana - one of the largest armoured vehicle factories in Central Asia and the first defence manufacturing plant with this scale of capability in Kazakhstan. It has a capacity of more than 200 vehicles per year for the production of the full range of Paramount’s armoured vehicles with bespoke modifications for local conditions.
The BARYS 8 is the winterised version of Paramount’s MBOMBE 8 that employs an innovative new form of construction to give unprecedented levels of protection, while keeping profile to a minimum. The 8x8 also draws on the company’s experience of designing the highly advanced MBOMBE family of armoured vehicles.
The MBOMBE family of 4x4, 6x6 and 8x8 vehicles share over 80% of common components to reduce through life costs. This commonality offers significant cost benefits to armed forces due to greater efficiencies and significant savings in maintenance and logistical support. Key features of the vehicle include a gross weight of 28t and kerb weight of 19t; a payload of 9t which covers weapon system, ammunition, crew and supplies; and high levels of ballistic and mine protection: ballistic protection: STANAG 4569 Level 3+ and blast protection: STANAG 4569 Level 4a and 4b.
In addition to the BARYS, KPE has been ramping up production and deliveries of the ARLAN (the localised version of Paramount Group’s MARAUDER APC) to the armed forces in Kazakhstan. In November 2017 Paramount Group delivered more ARLAN armoured vehicles to Kazakhstan's Special Forces. The latest delivery of the ARLAN will see the vehicles in operation with the MoD, Special Forces and other law enforcement agencies.