An unexpected agreement was signed at Kadex 2012 Show by the representatives of Kiev and Astana about a local production of the Ukrainian 8×8 BTR-4 wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) of which Kazakhstan is meant to receive 100. The contract’s value is being estimated around US$150 million.
The BTR-4 was developed by the Ukraine based KMDB company and was unveiled in 2006. A year later the company sealed its first export contract, for the delivery of 336 BTR-4 vehicles to Iraq, as part of a multi-billion program. First shipments of 88 such vehicles were delivered in 2011.