Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko rode along Khreschatyk Str. on BBM “Kozak” Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko rode along Khreschatyk on the newest Ukrainian armored personnel carrier or special forces armored vehicles “Kozak”. The President praised the new items Ukrainian military-industrial complex and personally drove an armored personnel carrier on Khreschatyk “Kozak”. Armored fighting vehicle (AFV) for Special Operation Forces “Cossack” debuted during the parade at the Independence Square. This – the latest development of Ukrainian defense industry. “Kozak” is made of the Scientific and Production Association “Practika”, which is a leading domestic manufacturer of technical means of security for banks and offices. The car is the latest model of domestic production with combat and technical characteristics of the modern world level. BBM “Kozak” is designed for use in special units. 5-ton “Kozak” has an engine power of 176 horsepower and a curb can tow a trailer weighing up to 4 tons. He is able to overcome obstacles at an angle of 35 degrees and a ford deep and 1.5 meters. V-like bottom can withstand a mine explosion at least 3 kilograms of TNT, and frame construction principle allows the capsule cabin crew still remain intact. The design allows to vary the degree of protection by replacing the panel thickness, depending on the application, fighting machine. Also armored combat vehicle “Kozak” has GPS-navigator, radiation and chemical reconnaissance, rear view camera, parking sensors, air conditioning, ABS system and elevated sound – and thermal insulation. According to preliminary estimates, the armored combat vehicle “Kozak” in their characteristics are not inferior to modern world standards, and can be indispensable for our special operations forces, and during peacekeeping operations. The first “swallow” the collective NGO “Practika” developed on the basis of ІVECO, but similar in design to machine to machine, and on the basis of those cars that is in our armed forces. For example, the GAZ-66, which today many in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The fact that the new car is needed not only in the special forces, but also in peace-keeping units, is beyond doubt. The current armor, which is in the Armed Forces of Ukraine (which is still the Soviet-designed samples) – not the best option for peacekeeping operations in the Ukrainian “blue helmets” made in full. First of all, because the same Soviet BTR-80 armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicle BRDM-2, which are equipped troops (the other alternatives in the Armed Forces of Ukraine to do, BTR-70 and BRDM-1 as the earlier development lose on all parameters) designed to perform very different tasks. An attempt to create a Ukrainian analogue of “Hammer” has taken several years. Were created, and other special-purpose vehicles, including “Wild Boar”. But so far in the series, they did not. Maybe the “Kozak” will be a different fate.
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