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14 Dec 17. T-90MS details emerge. Jane’s has learned details of the mission systems mounted in the Russian T-90MS main battle tank (MBT), including the fire-control system (FCS), sighting and observation equipment, and vehicle-protection systems. Elements of the Kalina FCS – which is used in conjunction with the T-90MS’ 2A46M-5 125 mm smoothbore gun and UDP T05BV-1 remotely operated weapon station (ROWS) – include the Remeshok identification friend or foe (IFF) system and gun control, stabilisation, and electro-optical systems. Within the FCS, data transmission between the different components is undertaken through a MKIO multiplex data channel. The FCS is linked to the Sosna-U multichannel gunner’s sight and the Falcon Eye panoramic commander’s sight. A back-up direct observation sight is also fitted. The Sosna-U is capable of using a laser channel to guide anti-tank guided missiles, as well as provide 4x and 12x magnification and twin-axis stabilisation. The Falcon Eye is similarly stabilised and features day and thermal channels. Both incorporate a 7,500m-range laser rangefinder and are capable of identifying a tank in daylight at a range of 5,000 m and 3,300 m in poor light conditions. Jane’s has learned that the laser rangefinder used by both sights incorporates a ‘foreign matrix’ of unknown origin. The sighting systems are coupled to a 1V528-2 fire-control computer, incorporating meteorological data from a turret roof-mounted wind and temperature sensor mast and internal atmospheric pressure and projectile temperature sensors. Additionally, the computer incorporates data from a 1V216-2 ammunition selection computer to enable different ammunition types to interface with the 1V528-2. All the information fed into this is presented and altered using the BV1-2 interface panel; this allows the commander to manually alter input data if required, as well as operate the different observation and targeting sensors, including the roof-mounted panoramic ROWS. Additionally, the Kalina FCS is the first Russian system of its type to incorporate an integrated external surveillance system. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
13 Dec 17. Paramount Group, the African-based global defence and aerospace company, and its joint venture in Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) have delivered the latest batch of armoured vehicles to the Kazakhstan Special Forces as the company’s local manufacturing facilities continues to accelerate production.
The latest delivery of the localised version of the Marauder MRAP, the Arlan, will see the vehicles in operation with the Ministry of Defence, Special Forces and other law enforcement agencies. The company has already started production on the next large order for Arlans with further deliveries expected during 2018. 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. “
The Arlan vehicle is the localized variant of the Paramount Group’s Marauder MRAP multi-role vehicle. The Arlan has undergone extensive 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 various auxiliary equipment inclusive of