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Global Armored Vehicle Market Sees $25.6 Billion Surge in 8×8 Wheeled Vehicles Amidst Rising Tensions


Global Armored Vehicle Market Sees $25.6 Billion Surge in 8×8 Wheeled Vehicles Amidst Rising Tensions

In the wake of escalating global tensions following the Russo-Ukraine conflict, the armored vehicle market is undergoing a significant transformation, with an expected $25.6 billion investment in 8×8 wheeled vehicles by 2035.

Influenced by the Russo-Ukraine conflict, the world of armored vehicle spending is witnessing a resurgence. Beyond the attention-grabbing main battle tanks and tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) programs, there is a growing focus on 8×8 wheeled armored vehicles over the next six years.

A recent report sheds light on several key findings regarding the future of the 8×8 armored vehicle market. This includes the growing importance of Rapid Strategic Mobility, the demand for armored Command and Control (C2) vehicles, and the potential for 8×8 wheeled platforms to replace medium/light tanks in African and South American markets.

According to Defense Insight’s market report, spending on 8×8 vehicle programs is projected to reach $25.6 billion between 2022 and 2035. Notably, the figures for tracked armored vehicles and main battle tanks are considerably higher, with planned investments of $62.2 billion and $84 billion, respectively.

The report identifies specific market opportunities, including a $1.8 billion forecast for Qatar in 2024/25, a $2.8 billion forecast for Greece in 2026, and a longer-term forecast for France to replace its Jaguar EBRC 6×6 and Griffon VBMR 6×6 with 8×8 wheeled vehicles by the mid-2030s.

In North America, there are targeted investments in various programs. The US Army is prioritizing the procurement of tracked vehicles while Canada is progressing with its LAV 6.0 upgrades and orders, replacing legacy M113 tracked Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs).

The report also highlights the enduring debate between tracks and wheels, particularly in the context of the Ukraine-Russia conflict. As mobility and armor become increasingly critical in land-based operations due to the emergence of loitering munitions, future large armored vehicle programs are expected to be contested between 8×8 and tracked alternatives.

Modularity is emerging as a crucial factor, offering maintenance and cost advantages. By leveraging the advantages of lower overhead costs, reduced maintenance burdens, and improved strategic mobility, the 8×8 market has the potential to compete globally with tracked IFVs and medium/light tanks.

Paramount’s Mbombe armored vehicle family is strategically positioned to meet these evolving requirements. At the forefront of armored vehicle technology, the Mbombe family offers unmatched protection levels to ensure the safety of military personnel.

According to Paramount’s spokesperson, “Paramount is not just a manufacturer; we’re evolving into a technology-driven global OEM. With our focus on IP licensing and global partnerships, we’re shaping solutions that the world is seeking today. Through our portable production concept, we’re targeting partnerships in Europe and the UK, strengthening our position as a global leader.”

Paramount’s portable production concept involves locating manufacturing activities within customer countries to produce and sustain armored vehicle fleets, promote indigenous innovation, and provide long-term support. Collaborating with industrial partners enables nations to access modular and proven options for upgrading their armored vehicle capacity.

In conclusion, the global armored vehicle market is experiencing a significant shift towards 8×8 wheeled vehicles, driven by geopolitical tensions and the need for rapid mobility and strategic agility. Paramount’s Mbombe family, along with other key players, is well-positioned to meet the evolving demands of this dynamic market.



Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), the joint venture between the global aerospace and technology business, Paramount Group and one of Kazakhstan’s leading defence and engineering companies, Kazpetromash, has announced its latest delivery of Arlan 4×4 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in accordance with that nation’s State Defence Order.

Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering has for over the past four years delivered several batches of the Arlan APC to the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan, where they have since been in operation.

The Arlan, the winterised variant of Paramount Group’s Marauder, is a mine-resistant armoured platform (MRAP) designed to operate in extreme environments to meet the ever-growing array of mission requirements undertaken by Kazakhstan’s Armed Forces, such as quick reaction force operations, infantry fire support or long-range border patrol.

The vehicle is renowned for its adaptability to the diverse conditions of Kazakhstan and the greater Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), with features including pre-ignition engine heating and a dynamic temperature control system that can carry personnel safely and comfortably in winter conditions (as low as – 50 degrees Celsius) and summer temperatures (up to 50 degrees Celsius).

The Arlan armoured vehicles are all locally manufactured (comprising up to 70% local content) at the 15,000m2 KPE armoured vehicle production facility in Nursultan, one of the largest and most modern armoured vehicle factories in the region. Over two-hundred Kazakhstanis are presently employed by Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), providing modern equipment for Kazakhstan’s Special Operations Forces and its Ministry of Defense. The facilities serve as a center for excellence and high-skills employment, with the capacity to produce hundreds of armored vehicles per year.

John Craig, Executive Chairman of Paramount Land Systems, stated that, “The COVID-19 pandemic and particularly, its direct ramifications to global supply chains has underscored the critical impetus behind governments honing their home-grown capabilities and emboldening their defence industrial complexes to remain resilient in the face of often-fluctuating circumstances and their exogenous aftershocks”.

The indigenously produced Arlan can withstand the debris and dissipating energy of explosions, its double-skin spaced armour providing outstanding security (including blast protection of STANAG 4569 Level 3a & 3b, stopping power against a 50kg TNT side blast, protecting against roadside bombs and IEDs, and with 8kg blast protection under the hull) while reaching a speed of up to 120km/hr for a range of 700km.

In addition to the Arlan’s advanced protections and durability, with a kerb weight of 13,500 kg and offering up to a 4,500kg payload, the highly versatile APC can ford at 1.2m and is capable of climbing gradients of 60% and side slopes of 35%.

The interoperable vehicle, accommodating two crew members and up to seven troops, is further equipped with a nuclear, biological and chemical protection system (NBC) which can address the challenges of radiation dust spread, gas and/or biological attacks, along with a mechanical 12,7 mm turret. The Arlan can carry extra fuel tanks, water and additional combat supplies, with optional add-ons including however not limited to a Winterisation Kit and Central Tyre Inflation System (CTIS), alongside various weapon and fire suppression systems.

“In 2022, maintaining security of supply in the defence arena will be a key priority for governments across the globe. Accordingly, the successful delivery of this latest fleet of Arlans to the customer emblemises not only our legacy of delivering highly customised solutions on time and on budget, but also our partners’ pragmatic role in mitigating the impact of global threats. KPE is indeed a strategic cornerstone of Kazakhstan’s technological prowess,” Craig concluded.


About Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE)

Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) is the joint venture between Paramount Group, the global technology and aerospace company, and Kazakhstan Engineering, the leading defence company in Kazakhstan. KPE is one of the leading defence companies in Kazakhstan and the greater CIS region.

About Paramount Group

Paramount Group is a global technology and aerospace business, a leader in defence and security innovation and is a trusted partner to sovereign governments across the globe.

Paramount specialises in the creation of portable manufacturing facilities through technology and skills transfer, resulting in new local capabilities and sustainable jobs, proven to not only benefit local defence industrial capabilities but economic diversification and growth.

Paramount Group has been responsible for the development and production of a broad range of highly advanced armored and mine protected vehicles that are in operation around the world. The family of APC and combat vehicles which has been developed from clean-sheet design is at the vanguard of armored vehicle technologies. These vehicles have been designed and developed to meet the increasing demand for multi-role, high mobility, and mine hardened platforms, providing a solution to the ever-changing demands of the global battlefield.

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