Nursultan, Kazakhstan – November 28th, 2019 – Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), a joint venture between the global aerospace and technology business Paramount Group and Kazakhstan Engineering, has successfully delivered a series of «Arlan» 4×4 mine-protected Armoured Wheeled Vehicles (AWVs) to Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Defense and Special Services Division.
The Kazakhstan-produced Arlan, the winterized variant of Paramount’s iconic «Marauder», is a land system platform designed to operate in extreme environments to meet the extensive mission requirements undertaken by Kazakhstan’s armed forces, such as long-range border patrol or quick reaction force operations.
Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering began in-country production of the Arlan in November of 2015, with the vehicle unveiled at the ‘KADEX 2016’ Defence Expo.
The armoured vehicles are characterised by their unique, clean-sheet design, high ballistic protection and adaptability to the harsh conditions of Kazakhstan and the wider region. These features include pre-ignition engine heating, an outstanding temperature control system that can carry personnel safely and comfortably (winterized for temperatures as low as – 50 degrees Celsius/-58 degrees Fahrenheit and summer temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius/122 degrees Fahrenheit).
Arlan features include a modular design and double-skin monocoque, V-shaped hull structure, capable of withstanding the debris and dissipating energy of explosions while offering increased protection against mine blasts.
The vehicle provides STANAG 4569 level 3 ballistic protection against small arms ammunition and STANAG 4569 levels 3a and 3b blast protection against mine explosions, while withstanding mine blasts of 10 kg/22 lbs. Trinitrotoluene (TNT) beneath its hull, 10 kg/22 lbs. TNT beneath any wheel and a 50 kg/110 lbs. TNT side blast explosion to protect against roadside bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The vehicle is further equipped with Radiation, Chemical and Biological protection (RCB) which can address the challenges of radiation dust spread, gas and/or biological attacks, along with filter–ventilation equipment able to purify the air inside the cabin for several hours.
Despite its advanced protection and the ability to handle up to a 4,500 kg/9,921 lbs. payload, the Arlan offers unrivaled versatility in the field, reaching speeds of up to 120 km per hour/74.6 mph, while traveling up to a distance of 700 km/435 miles. The vehicle can ford at 1.2 m/3.94 feet while able to climb grades of 60% and side slopes of 35%.
The Arlan armoured vehicles are locally manufactured at the 15,000 m2 KPE armoured vehicle factory, one of the largest and most modern armoured vehicle factories in the region, with the KPE design teams proficient in customising the armoured carriers as required by customers in the region. Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering looks to further bolster the Eurasian nation’s industrial capacity development in future by expanding into new aerial, land and maritime production lines.
Ivor Ichikowitz, Group Chairman of Paramount Group said: «The strong growth of Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering, driven through indigenous manufacturing solutions, has been an important success story. The portable manufacturing model that we have pioneered around the world has enhanced indigenous capability, high-skills training and local expertise. The delivery of yet another significant batch of armoured vehicles to the customer is testament to the commitment, hard work and skills set of the KPE team. We look forward to playing a long-term role with our partners in Kazakhstan in enhancing local capabilities, fueling next-generation employment opportunities and economic growth in the process».
|Crew||2 + 1 + 6|
|Kerb Weight||13,500 kg/29,762.4 lbs.|
|Wheelbase||3,550 mm/11.65 feet|
|Combat Weight – Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM)||16,000 kg/35,274 lbs.|
|Construction||Monocoque Hull (Not Chassis based)|
|Max Speed-Road||68 mph/110 km/h (Burst speed)|
|Turning Circle||18 m/59 feet kerb to kerb|
|Road Range||700 km/435 miles|
|Engine||Turbo Diesel 6 Cylinder, Intercooled, 210 kW/281.6 hp, 970 Nm/715 ft•lbs.|
|Power to weight ratio (kW/ton)||15 kW/T @ 13,900 kg/30,644 lbs.|
|Transmission||Automatic 5 speed|
|Transfer case||2 speed|
|Diff Locks||Air Operated Front, Center and Rear|
|Brakes||Pneumatic, disc, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) standard|
|Electrical System||24 V|
|Standardization Agreement (STANAG) 4569-Level 3|
|STANAG 4569-Level 1 (Grille only at 0°)|
|Blast Protection||STANAG 4569 Level 3a & 3b
50 kg/110 lbs. TNT – side blast
|Radios, Intercom Systems|
|Add-on Armour Kits|
|Battlefield Management Systems|
|Fire suppression System|
|Various Weapon Stations|
|Public Address System|
|Central Tyre Inflation System (CTIS)|
|Auxillary Power Unit (APU)|
|Front scraper blade/pushbar|
|Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) protection kit|