Kazakhstan manufacturer of armoured vehicles relies on Allison Automatics
22nd January 2019
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Armoured vehicles manufactured by Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering are equipped with Allison fully automatic transmissions for better performance over difficult terrain

Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), a supplier to the Ministry of Defence of Kazakhstan and the largest supplier of armoured vehicles in Central Asia, has chosen the Allison Transmission 3000 Series™ for its latest range of armoured vehicles. The joint enterprise between Kazakhstan Engineering and the South African military corporation, Paramount Group, requires a transmission that is easy to integrate and can handle extremes of climate and terrain.

KPE currently produces or plans to produce the Arlan AWV (armoured wheel vehicle) 4×4; the Nomad AWV 4х4 and the Barys APC (armoured personnel carrier) 6х6 and 8х8. Each is mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) and equipped with a Cummins diesel engine and 6-speed Allison fully automatic transmission. The company plans to export its vehicles to other countries.

According to deputy director general at Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering, Johan Delport, the development of the drivetrain began in 2006. The company’s engineers compared several transmission solutions offered by various manufacturers by testing them in real-life scenarios.

“When selecting the transmission to pair with the Cummins diesel engine, we focused on two basic factors. The first one is the simplicity and speed of integration, which impacts the speed of production and maintenance. In this regard, the fully-automated Allison transmission was a very successful solution as it is quite popular and widespread, and it has shown good results in combination with this engine,” said Delport.

Transmission weight was another consideration. “You see, armoured vehicles are rather heavy themselves. So, we had to use any opportunity to reduce the total weight of our vehicles. The Allison automatics have enabled us to achieve this goal as well. In general, we have had no serious problems with Allison transmissions during the many years of use on different types of vehicles and in various global operating conditions.”

Another important factor is the ability of this powertrain to respond to the peculiar operating conditions in Kazakhstan. The annual temperature range is about 100 °C, from +50 °C in summer to -50 °C in winter. The cooling system of the engine and transmission, as well as the power supply system, have been significantly improved especially for Kazakhstan.

“Taking into account such tough temperature conditions and with the terrain changing by region, from southern mountains to central flats to northern hills, the transmission has to be exceptionally reliable and efficient,” Delport added. “Our experience of operating Allison automatics showed that they are perfect for such conditions. In particular, their second operating mode intended for mountainous areas, means you can switch between modes with a single button. Moreover, all transmissions used in our armoured vehicles are configured by Allison engineers for sandy terrain, which ensures improved off-road performance.”

One of the main advantages of Allison fully automatic transmissions is their ease of operation in military vehicles: Allison automatics ensure exceptionally easy to handle and manoeuvre. Quick acceleration is made possible by the smoothly multiplying engine torque that delivers more power to the wheels. The driver can concentrate on the road without paying attention to gear changes, which is highly important in combat conditions when every second counts.

“You can easily get used to new armoured vehicles with Allison transmissions, not only for experienced drivers, but for any person with basic driving skills,” Delport explained. “Our employees drive AWVs: all of them easily manage it on the fly, without any problems.”

The armed forces of Kazakhstan have provided positive feedback on the new armoured vehicles. “Modern military vehicles know no compromises because of their diverse scope of application,” Delport summarises. “This is why they are equipped with Allison transmissions that ensure the ultimate combination of reliability, excellent performance and ease of operation.”

Image – © KPE. Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), a supplier to the Ministry of Defence of Kazakhstan and the largest supplier of armoured vehicles in Central Asia, has chosen the Allison Transmission 3000 Series™ for its latest range of armoured vehicles

Image – © KPE. One of the main advantages of Allison fully automatic transmissions is their ease of operation in military vehicles

Image – © KPE. Johan Delport, deputy director general at Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering

Image – © KPE. Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering

About Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering

Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering is a joint enterprise of Kazakhstan Engineering and the South African military corporation, Paramount Group, which produces modern armoured wheeled vehicles. Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering’s production facility was opened in 2015 and its major customers are the Ministry of Defence and other peacekeeping authorities of Kazakhstan. The company also plans to export its vehicles to other countries.

About Allison Transmission

Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and is a leader in electric hybrid-propulsion systems for city buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA and employs approximately 2,700 people worldwide. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit allisontransmission.com.