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Localized version of Marauder MRAP, Arlan (Image: Paramount)

Paramount Group and its joint venture in Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) have delivered the latest batch of armoured vehicles to the Kazakhstan Special Forces.

The latest delivery of the localised version of the Marauder MRAP, Arlan, will see the vehicles in operation with the Ministry of Defence, Special Forces and other law enforcement agencies. The company has started production on the next order for Arlans with further deliveries expected during 2018, the company said in a statement Thursday.

The Arlan vehicle is the localized variant of the Paramount Group’s Marauder MRAP multi-role vehicle. The Arlan has undergone testing in extreme conditions and environments across Kazakhstan, this was followed by a design phase at Paramount Group’s Innovation Centre to fully ‘winterise’ the vehicles.

The Arlans for the Special Forces are equipped with auxiliary equipment inclusive of communication suites, other electronics, roof mounted wire cutting blades, a barricade breaker blade mounted to the front of the vehicle which is hydraulically operated from the driver station. Some of the other features installed include night vision equipment, IR cameras, laptop station and GPS.

The winterisation of the Arlan included some of the following features: 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.

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