Kazakhstan has ordered another batch of Arlan (Marauder) 4×4 armoured vehicles from the Paramount Group and its joint venture Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE).
Describing the order as ‘substantial’, Paramount made the announcement on Thursday during the Kazakhstan Defence Expo (KADEX 2018) held in the capital Astana.
This follows the recent announcement that KPE had delivered a large batch of Arlans, the localised version of Paramount’s Marauder, to the Kazakhstan Special Forces as the company’s local manufacturing facilities continues to accelerate production. 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.
KPE has started production on the new Arlan order with further deliveries expected during 2018-2019. These are being built 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, KPE unveiled its own designed and developed light mechanical turret on an Arlan.
Ivor Ichikowitz, Group Chairman of Paramount Group said: “The latest Arlan order is a strong endorsement of the leading-edge technologies and industrial capability of KPE’s manufacturing base in Kazakhstan.
“Innovating to provide the necessary, modern-day security and defence solutions is a responsibility that can only be realized through strategic alliances with governments and strong local partners. We are tremendously proud of this achievement and the commitment of our partners and employees to deliver world-class solutions to our customers.”
KPE is exhibiting its range of armoured vehicles including the Arlan and the Barys with 6?6 and 8?8 configurations at KADEX. The Barys is based on Paramount’s Mbombe. The 8×8 version, the Barys 8, is nearing production for Kazakhstan’s armed forces following extensive winter and summer trials.
The Barys design allows for the fitment of a variety of weapon systems. In 2016 it was fitted with a Russian 57 mm automatic cannon on the AU-220M remote weapon station. This year the Barys 8 will be fitted with a remote weapon station jointly developed by Kazakhstan’s KAE LLP and Aselsan, called the Sarbaz. The Sarbaz is a 30mm gyro-stabilised remotely controlled gun turret. The vehicle is also fitted with a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun.
Also making its debut at KADEX is the Barys 6, a winterised version of Paramount’s Mbombe 6. It will be demonstrated with a unified combat compartment and stabilised cannon-machine-gun armament currently in use on the BTR 82-A.