The Barys 8×8 armoured wheeled vehicle (AWC) is the latest offering from Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), a joint venture of Paramount Group and Kazakhstan Engineering. The word Barys refers to Snow Leopard in the local language.
First unveiled by KPE at KADEX 2016 itnernational exhibition in Astana, Kazakhstan, the vehicle is a winterised version of Mbombe 8 vehicle. The Barys AWC combines multi-functional capabilities with advanced mobility features to meet the ballistic and mine protection requirements of the troops.
Winter trials of the armoured vehicle started at a military tank test polygon in central Kazakhstan, in December 2017. The vehicle has undergone strenuous testing activities in adverse weather conditions with temperatures between -45º and -60ºC. The day and night firing capabilities of the vehicle were also tested during the evaluations.
The Barys AWC is currently in the final stages of testing and is expected to join the Kazakhstan armed forces later this year.
Barys 8×8 APC design and features
Based on a mine-hardened militarised chassis, the vehicle is offered in an 8×8 wheel configuration. It can accommodate a maximum of 11 members, including a driver, two crew members and eight infantry troops.
The Barys 8×8 AWV features a 12kW air-conditioner with a climate control system, which allows the troops inside to operate in extreme temperatures.
The vehicle is designed to carry a maximum payload of 6.5t, including the inside personnel. Its gross weight is 28t, while kerb weight is 19t.
Armament and self protection
The main armament of the vehicle is a AU-220M remote-controlled turret system fitted with a 57mm automatic cannon, 7.62mm machine-gun, smoke-grenade launchers and targeting systems.
The turret features a fire control system for target detection and identification, as well as aiming and firing of weapons.
The vehicle can also be integrated with a stabilised remote-controlled turret mounted with a 2A42 30mm automatic cannon and a 7.62-mm PKT machine gun.
The Barys 8х8 AWV provides a high degree of protection to occupants against land mines, bombs, splinters and other explosives. The anti-blast seats are specially designed to avoid injuries to the troops in the event of blasts.
The armoured vehicle offers STANAG 4569 LEVEL 4В protection against mine blasts. It can withstand a 10kg TNT blast underneath the hull and below the wheels, and can survive up to a 50kg TNT side blast.
The ballistic protection features of the vehicle comply with the STANAG 4569 level 3 standards. Nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) protection system can be fitted optionally.
Engine of the Barys 8×8 vehicle
The vehicle is powered by a turbo diesel engine, which develops a maximum power output of 550hp. The engine is coupled to a fully automatic transmission system.
The onboard power supply is complemented by a 24V optional electric system and an auxiliary power unit.
The Barys 8×8 armoured carrier can attain a maximum speed of 100km/h and travel up to a maximum range of 800km. The vehicle can traverse through 900mm-deep water trenches and cross 600mm-high obstacles. It can safely negotiate 60% grade slopes and 40% side slopes.
The wheelbase of Barys 8×8 at the front and rear is 2,300mm and 2,550mm respectively. The vehicle has a high ground clearance of 450mm, which enables it to pass through 2,000mm ditches in the ground. The turning circle diameter of the AWV ranges between 22m and 24m.
The vehicle features pneumatic disc brakes fitted with an anti-skid braking system (ABS). Its mobility is enhanced by the 16.00 R20 tyres.
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