Kazakhstan has received a special forces version of the Arlan mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles from local joint venture firm Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), Paramount Group said on 13 December.
According to the company, the special forces variants include a range of additional auxiliary equipment, including communications suites, roof-mounted wire cutting blades, a hydraulically mounted barricade-breaker blade, night vision equipment, infra-red cameras, and GPS. The barricade-breaker blade is operated from the driver station inside the vehicle.
In addition, the vehicles have required additional winterisation equipment due to the harsh climate experienced in Kazakhstan. This has entailed additional heating of the crew cabin; changing the required specification for fluids, fuels, and lubricants to withstand temperatures ranging from -50°C to +50°C; and heated ballistic windows.