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KPE delivers more Arlan and Alan vehicles to Kazakhstan

Arlan vehicles.Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) has delivered another batch of armoured vehicles to the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

KPE on 28 November said that the new batch of Arlan (Marauder) vehicles feature a number of improvements over the last batch, including a locally developed remotely operated weapons station, new chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) protection system, and improved ergonomics with modernised heating system.

Locally produced content has now reached 70%, KPE said. It added that the previous batch of vehicles delivered featured modifications for Kazakhstan that included pre-start engine heating, an efficient heating system, Kazakhstan radios, and remotely operated weapon station.

In May 2018, KPE said that Kazakhstan had ordered another batch of Arlan 4x4 armoured vehicles. Although a figure was not given, Paramount said the order was a ‘substantial’ one. This followed the announcement that KPE had delivered a large batch of Arlans to the Kazakhstan Special Forces. The Arlans are in operation with the Ministry of Defence, Special Forces and other law enforcement agencies.

Kazakhstan’s military in August 2016 announced it had introduced into service the first Arlans, fitted with 12.7 mm machinegun turrets.

Arlan production is at the 15 000 square metre KPE armoured vehicle factory in Astana, which was opened in November 2015. Paramount claims it is the largest armoured vehicle factory in Central Asia with a capacity of more than 200 vehicles per year.

The Arlan is the localised version of the Marauder with changes including the ability to operate in harsh winter climates and resist nuclear blasts. During KADEX 2018, KPE unveiled its own designed and developed light mechanical turret on an Arlan.

Kazakhstan is also acquiring Barys 6x6 and 8x8 (Mbombe) armoured vehicles from KPE.

KPE in November said that in addition to the Alrans, it had delivered a new batch of Alan armoured cars “to the special services of the Republic of Kazakhstan”. The Alan is the SandCat built under license from Israel’s Plasan. It can carry up to 11 people and provide protection up to STANAG Level 3. It is based on a Ford F550 chassis.

Kazakhstan originally purchased a number of SandCats from Oshkosh, which had partnered with Plasan. These were displayed in 2015.

During the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition outside Pretoria in September, (KPE) and Paramount announced a commitment to collaborate in the expansion of KPE in to further land, maritime and aerial production lines.

The commitment behind the partnership includes the exploration of KPE manufacturing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Fourth Industrial Revolution-inspired aerial platforms and naval vehicle production, serving as examples of expanding upon a portable manufacturing model that has transformed the brand in to a dynamic success story.

Founder and Executive Chairman of Paramount Group, Ivor Ichikowitz, stated: “We have for some time looked forward to the opportunity to further invest in KPE‘s capacities, building on the tremendous successes of our manufacturing in country and its graduation to a global supply chain provider of land solutions, developing new technologies and playing our role in the Kazakh nation's continued industrialization and development."