Land Platforms

Kazakhstan puts Barys through its paces

06 March 2018
The Barys 8 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle, based on Paramount Group’s Mbombe 8, has completed winter trials in Kazakhstan in 2018. Source: KPE

Kazakhstan has finished putting the Barys 8 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle through a harsh winter testing programme, Jane’s has been told.

During the trials, which began in December 2017, the vehicle undertook a range of factory acceptance tests in conditions that saw the temperature drop to -45C and with a wind-chill effect of -60C, while also having to contend with soft snow of up to 75 cm in depth.

“During such conditions, every smallest detail and subsystem could be evaluated extensively. Items such as glass heating for de-ice and de-misting, engine heating before starting, batteries, cabin heating, electrical functions, steering, and suspension have been successfully tested. The vehicle performed exceptionally throughout the trials,” Johan Delport, director of the KPE factory in Astana, said.

The vehicle is now in the final stages of evaluation by the Kazakh Ministry of Defence, prior to being accepted into service with the country’s armed forces.

The Barys 8 features the Nefer remotely operated weapons system (ROWS) developed by Turkey’s Aselsan, and was trialled with a Shipunov 2A42 30 mm automatic cannon developed by KBP Instrument Design Bureau, and a 7.62 mm machine gun. The weapons and development of the turret were carried out in collaboration with Kazakh industry through Aselsan’s joint venture in the country, Kazakhstan Aselsan Engineering (KAE).

The trials featured day and night firing of the weapon systems, both under static and on-the-move conditions.

The Nefer was first unveiled at the IDEF 17 trade show in Turkey in 2017, and uses a low-profile design, with the ROWS flatter and wider than other designs.

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