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KADEX 2018: Barys 6 breaks cover as KPE launches new systems

22 May 2018
The Barys 6 ahead of its debut at KADEX. Source: Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering

Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) has unveiled the Barys 6 ahead of the opening of the KADEX defence exhibition in Astana on 23 May.

The new vehicle is a winterised variant of Paramount Group’s Mbombe 6, and is fitted with a 2A42 30 mm cannon in a turret taken from the BTR-82A.

While the Mbombe 6 has been exhibited before, this is the first time that the winterised Barys version has been shown. Paramount Group is hoping to win further orders for its armoured vehicles in Kazakhstan as the country undergoes a modernisation drive.

KPE is also exhibiting a new remote weapon station, the Sarbaz, which has been developed between KPE and Turkey’s Aselsan.

The Sarbaz is a gyro-stabilised, remotely controlled turret that is fitted with a 30 mm gun, with a co-axial 7.62 mm machine gun mounted to the left of the primary armament. The main armament can be elevated through a range of -10° to +60°.

Paramount Group told Jane’s that the Sarbaz is expected to be mounted on the Kazakh Barys 8 infantry fighting vehicle. Currently, the Barys 8 has been fitted with a 57 mm automatic cannon mounted in an AU-220M remote weapon station.

The announcement comes as KPE continues to enjoy success in the Kazakh market, with the country expected to sign for the Barys 8 imminently. The contract would come after significant testing of the platform in extremes of heat and cold.

Additionally, KPE has been producing a winterised variant of the Paramount Marauder, known as the Arlan, for the Kazakh military from a purpose-built facility in Almaty. The Kazakh Minister of the Defence and Aerospace Industry, Beibut Atamkulov, told Kazakh media on 14 May that the country had received 60 Arlans to date, with a further 30 vehicles to be delivered in 2019.

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