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Paramount rolls out Mbombe 8 IFV

03 June 2016

South Africa’s Paramount Group displayed its Mbombe 8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) for the first time at the Kazakhstan Defence Expo (KADEX 2016) that opened on 2 June.

Kazakhstan defence officials have previously been cited as saying that a variant of the Mbombe called the Barys was being developed for the Kazakhstan military and would be produced by the factory that Paramount has set up in Astana with a state-owned company under the Kazakstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) joint venture.

Paramount declined to comment on whether the Mbombe 8 has been developed specifically for the Kazakhstan military, although it did say it would be trialled in both South Africa and the Central Asian country.

It also explained that the new 8×8 vehicle is called the Barys 8 in Kazakhstan and that the KPE plant is capable of producing the entire Mbombe/Barys family, which includes the original 4×4 vehicle and the 6×6 Mbombe 6 that has been ordered by Jordan, as well as the new 8×8.

The KPE plant currently produces a version of the Marauder 4×4 called the Arlan. Paramount says the technology is being transferred to enable the factory to fabricate complete Arlan hulls, but major sub-systems such as engines and drivelines need to be imported.

Paramount also listed various features of the Mbombe 8 that appeared tailored towards Kazakhstan, saying its cooling systems and driveline have been tested and proven in winter conditions of -55 °C and desert conditions of 55°C. It noted that the Mbombe 8 displayed at KADEX could carry eight dismounts and three crew wearing the clothing and equipment needed for Central Asian winters.

The vehicle on display was fitted with the Russian-made AU-220M unmanned turret armed with a 57 mm dual-feed cannon and a 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun. A wide range of other turrets and weapon stations could be integrated on the vehicle.

Main picture: Mbombe 8 with the AU-220M unmanned turret Source: Paramount Group

Original post janes.com

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Mbombe 8 IFV

The Mbombe 8 is based on the design of Paramount’s Mbombe 6 that employs an innovative new form of construction to give unprecedented levels of protection, while keeping profile to a minimum. The 8×8 also draws on the company’s experience of designing the highly effective and battle-tested Marauder and Matador mine-resistant vehicles.

Key features of the Mbombe 8 include:

  • Gross weight of 28 tonnes and kerb weight of 19 tonnes
  • Payload of 9 tonnes which covers weapon system, ammunition, crew and supplies
  • Powered by a 6 cylinder engine turbo charged diesel engine
  • Six speed automatic transmission
  • Max speed of 110km/h
  • Operating range: 800 km
  • High levels of ballistic and mine protection: ballistic protection: STANAG 4569 Level 3+ and blast protection: STANAG 4569 Level 4a and 4b
  • Wide range of turrets and weapon stations can be integrated e.g. the AU-220M remote turret armed with 57mm cannon and a 7.62 mm machine gun
  • The cooling systems and driveline have been tested and proven in winter conditions of -55 Celsius and desert conditions of +55 Celsius
  • Large internal volume due to position of powerpack

The first advanced prototype of the Mbombe 8 will soon start extensive mobility trails and production could be undertaken in South Africa or Kazakhstan.

The unveiling of Mbombe 8 follows the recent announcement in May that Paramount has started local production of its 6×6 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (Mbombe 6) in Jordan as part of a defence industrial partnership between Paramount Group and the Jordanian defence industry. The multi-million dollar contract will provide the Jordanian Armed Forces with IFVs which will provide the platform for Jordan’s future combat vehicle requirements. Source paramountgroup.com

U-220M unmanned turret with a 57 mm dual-feed cannon

The gun is recoil operated. Rate of fire is 105-120 rpm and the muzzle velocity is around 1.020 m/sec. It has a barrel length of around 4.4m.

The effective firing range against ground targets is 4km’s.
The gun has a new automatic loading capable ammunition feed system that houses 20 ready-to-fire rounds as shown below.

The 57mm gun with the AP round has a penetration capability of 130mm of Steel at a range of 1.000m. I would expect the penetration would be much better for the huge 57mm caliber.
The 35mm APFSDS round has 120mm penetration at the same range.

Detail of cannon: HERE

Russia to supply Mi-35M helicopters to Kazakhstan in late 2016

June 01, 16:53

The Russian Helicopters say as for now that Kazakhstan currently uses the Mi-24 helicopters, on the basis of which the Mi-35M was developed

ASTANA, June 1. /TASS/. The first deliveries of Russia’s combat helicopters Mil Mi-35M (NATO reporting name: Hind-E) to Kazakhstan are scheduled for the end of the current year, Alexander Shcherbinin, deputy chief executive for business development at Russian Helicopters holding, the helicopter manufacturer, said on Wednesday.

“The first deliveries of this helicopter (Mi-35M) through the Rosoboronexport (Russia’s arms exporter) is scheduled for the end of this year”, Shcherbinin said, without specifying the details.

The Russian Helicopters deputy head said that Kazakhstan currently uses the Mi-24 helicopters, on the basis of which the Mi-35M was developed. According to previous reports, Russia will present its Mi-35M helicopter at the KADEX-2016 international military equipment exhibition that will be held in the Kazakh capital Astana on June 2-5.

The Mi-35M helicopter is designed to destroy hostile armored vehicles, provide close air support, land troops, transport cargo and evacuate injured persons. The Mi-35M type helicopters are currently in service with the armed forces of Russia, Azerbaijan, Brazil and other countries.

Original post tass.ru

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SR-10: Unique Russian Forward-Swept Wing Jet Trainer Passes Tests

09:59 31.05.2016(updated 16:57 31.05.2016)

Russia’s unique forward-swept wing jet trainer SR-10 is passing tests with the Russian Aerospace Forces in the Moscow Region.

The plane’s name can be explained as “jet with wing sweep —10°”, which reflects the aircraft’s main constructional feature — the moderately forward-swept wings facilitating stability and maneuverability at low speeds.

This subsonic, single engine, all-composite plane meets the needs of unexperienced pilots who will later change it for the Yak-130 — a sophisticated trainer which is in fact a full-fledged combat plane wanted by a number of countries for their air forces.

In contrast with the Yak-130, the SR-10 is more economically feasible for practice.

The plane, manufactured by Russian private design bureau “Modern Aviation Technologies,” hit the skies for the first time in December.

Its K-93 catapult seats can eject pilots at zero altitude at a speed of 950km/h.

Another Russian forward-swept wing plane, the Su-47 (S-37) Berkut, was a promising next-generation fighter which became a flying lab. It has served as a platform for testing advanced technologies later implemented in the T-50 PAK FA fifth-generation aircraft.

Su-47 Su-47 © SPUTNIK/ PASHKOVSKIY

Original post sputniknews.com

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