RWS for BARYS and ARLAN as well as Naval Variant
Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), one of the largest armoured vehicle manufacturers in the region, is now testing a series of remotely-operated weapon stations (RWS) for its BARYS and ARLAN armoured vehicles and is developing a variant for naval applications, according to recent briefings for local media.
Information reaching MON indicates that there is a single common platform, with variants for each application. The ANSAR turret, intended for the BARYS 8×8, a winterised version of parent Paramount Engineering’s MBOMBE 8, carries a Shipunov 2A72 30mm autocannon, a Kalashnikov PKTM 7.62mm MG and six smoke grenade launchers. The turret has provision for four anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) or SHMEL rocket launchers.
For the ARLAN 4×4 mine-protected vehicle, the lightweight SUNKAR RWS features an Utyos NSVT 12.7mm MG with a Kalashnikov PKT 7.62mm MG as secondary armament, with maximum elevation of 88° and a slew rate of 110°/s. A naval RWS, designated TURAN and intended to arm Kazakh patrol vessels, is also reported to be under development.
According to company sources, the RWS have been indigenously designed and developed by KPE’s subsidiary Weapon Systems Engineering, as European, Russian and Turkish manufacturers have apparently declined requests for the requisite technology transfer. The company has a manufacturing capacity said to be up to 200 vehicles/year: it has been delivering ARLANs to the Kazakh military since 2016 and is currently building BARYS 6 and 8 models for the Kazakh Ministry of Defence.