Kazakhstan will start assembling armored vehicles as part of a joint venture with a South African company soon, with a factory scheduled to be constructed in Astana by the end of this year, local media have reported. The vehicles, slated both for local use and for export, are the latest products in Kazakhstan's burgeoning defense industry.
The joint venture, Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering, was formed last year and will produce three types of vehicles: the mine-resistant armor-protected "Arlan," the armored police vehicle "Nomad," and the infantry fighting vehicle "Barys." (These are local variations of Paramount's Marauder, Maverick, and Mbombe, respectively.)
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