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Kazakhstan Completes 4-Year Trial of Barys 8×8 Combat Vehicle

Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) has announced that its next-generation 8×8 infantry combat vehicle has completed a series of grueling tests lasting four years.

Dubbed the Barys, the military vehicle showed off its capabilities in the mountainous terrain of Southern Kazakhstan. It traveled a total distance of 25,000 kilometers (15,534 miles), ending in Mangistau, near the Caspian Sea.

The Barys displayed its ability to operate amid adverse weather conditions, withstanding temperatures between 45 and -60 degrees Celsius during summer and winter trials.

In addition to mobility and versatility tests, the infantry vehicle demonstrated its firepower, firing more than 5,000 30mm and 7,000 7.62 caliber rounds.

Completion of the trials brings the Barys a step closer to production and delivery to various armed forces.

Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering's Barys combat vehicle in the snow
Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering’s Barys combat vehicle endured tests in harsh and rugged environments. Photo: Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering

‘A Breakthrough’

Unveiled at the KADEX Exhibition in 2016, the Barys 8×8 is a multi-purpose armored vehicle capable of carrying up to 11 soldiers, including a driver, two crew members, and eight infantry troops.

It was built to meet increased demand for military platforms with enhanced versatility and mine resistance. 

The vehicle has a maximum speed of 110 kilometers (68 miles) per hour with a payload capacity of nine tons (8,164 kilograms). It features STANAG 4569 Level 4B protection against improvised explosive devices and land mines.

According to Paramount Land Systems Group executive chairman John Craig, the Barys is a testament to the “exceptional capabilities” of its developers.

“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 defense and security landscape, meeting the demands of regional armed forces,” he explained.

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