Paramount Group has delivered additional Arlan (Marauder) armoured vehicles to Kazakhstan’s Special Forces through its Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) joint venture.
Paramount said the latest delivery of the Arlan will see the vehicles in operation with the Ministry of Defence, Special Forces and other law enforcement agencies, but could not disclose the number of vehicles involved.
The Arlan is the localised version of the Marauder with changes including the ability to operate in harsh winter climates. Winterisation of the Arlan included adding additional heating of the crew cabin, changing specifications of all fluids, lubricants and fuels to an all season type, covering a range of 100 degrees Celsius from minus 50 to plus 50 Degrees Celsius, and heated ballistic windows.
Paramount said the Arlans for the Kazakh Special Forces are equipped with various auxiliary equipment including specialised communications, roof mounted wire cutting blades, and a hydraulically actuated barricade breaker blade. Other features installed include night vision equipment, infrared cameras, laptop stations and GPS navigation.
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 next large order for Arlans with further deliveries expected during 2018. 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.
Ivor Ichikowitz, Group Chairman of Paramount Group said: “In less than two years we have built a new state-of-art armoured vehicle factory from the ground up, we transferred skills to establish a highly efficient local workforce, we industrialised a new vehicle, and now we are ramping up production as we further increase deliveries to our customers.
“This is a major achievement of which we are very proud of. It shows that our portable production model works. It shows that with the right partners we can set up production anywhere in the world and deliver world-class technologies to our customers in a fast and efficient way. ”
KPE is a joint venture between Paramount Group and Kazakhstan Engineering Distribution. The establishment of armoured vehicle manufacturing in Kazakhstan follows Paramount’s technology transfer and local manufacturing model that has also seen it establish facilities in Jordan and Azerbaijan.
In November KPE began trials of the Barys 8×8 (Mbombe 8×8) wheeled armoured vehicle. The Barys is equipped with a remote turret armed with a Shipunov 2A42 30 mm automatic cannon and a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun. After completion of the factory tests the vehicle will be presented to the Kazakh Ministry of Defense for military tests in extreme winter conditions.