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How you can knock out an armored car "Wolverine" of the Polish army: vulnerability and protection

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Poland intends to extend the contract for the supply of KTO Rosomak - the famous Wolverine. In this connection, the question of how and from which these armored vehicles, which are in service with the Polish Army and the armies of several other states, remains relevant.


Wolverine is a wheeled armored vehicle developed by the Finnish company Patria in 2001. In 2003, Poland entered into a contract with a Finnish company for the supply of 997 Wolverines. The modular design allows you to modify the armored vehicle depending on the intended purpose: there are Wolverines - infantry fighting vehicles, engineering and chemical reconnaissance, command and staff vehicles, medical vehicles and so on.

The basic modification of KTO Rosomak, used in the Polish army, is distinguished by the absence of an additional reservation. In its main version, the combat vehicle has ballistic protection of 60 degrees of the turret at level 4, the remaining defense at level 3 according to STANAG 4569 standards used by NATO to assess the security of light armored vehicles.

This means that the armored vehicle is protected from fragments of artillery shells, bullets, anti-personnel landmines. In fact, the level of protection of the basic modification of an armored car is not much different from the level of protection of Striker wheeled armored vehicles used in the US Army.

At the same time, Wolverine remains vulnerable to ammunition, protection against which is provided for by higher levels - 4th, 5th and 6th according to the STANAG 4569 standard. That is, an armored car can be hit by an armor-piercing projectile, an armor-piercing operable sub-caliber shell, high-explosive fragmentation shell. Considering that the characteristics of the KTO Rosomak protection levels generally coincide with the American Stryker combat vehicle, we can turn to the experience of using the latter by the US armed forces in numerous conflicts.


So, during the Iraq war, the Stryker armored vehicles showed themselves far from the best in terms of security. Iraqi soldiers calmly knocked out the "Strikers" from the RPG-7. The armored car could not stand the hit from the grenade launcher, as a result it was the Stryker crews that suffered very serious losses. The exact same scenario took place in Afghanistan: the Stryker crews suffered heavy losses, and armored vehicles were often knocked out from old anti-tank grenade launchers.

Thus, real hostilities have shown - light wheeled armored vehicles need additional protection. Even the Polish public demanded to strengthen the protection of Wolverines, which at one time criticized the armored vehicle as dangerous for Polish soldiers.

Therefore, the "Afghan" version of the Wolverine armored car, modified specifically for the participation of the Polish contingent in the hostilities in Afghanistan, already has additional armor of Israeli production.

Ballistic protection in the "Wolverines" of the "Afghan" version was strengthened to full level 4 throughout the armored car. The front armor was also reinforced, which made it possible to provide protection against RPG-7 grenades. Indeed, there have been cases in Afghanistan when Polish armored vehicles with additional protection withstood RPG-7 grenades.

However, in any case, like the other wheeled armored vehicles, the Wolverine can be used either against irregular formations with weak weapons, or, in the case of military operations against a more serious enemy, with solid support aviation, tank units and artillery. Providing reliable protection against bullets, "Wolverines" in the basic modification (not Afghan) are defenseless against RPGs, and in all modifications against heavier weapons.
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  1. Cruorvult
    Cruorvult 15 May 2020 13: 04 New
    +8
    It would be better if Polonsky did not write this. Not a single caliber, how many holds in a circle, in the frontal projection, what are the sub-caliber shells, and the 57 mm armor-piercing will probably withstand !?
    1. zelon
      zelon 16 May 2020 13: 35 New
      0
      the forehead holds up to 30 mm BOPTS, but nothing else to say about the rest
  2. fn34440
    fn34440 15 May 2020 13: 04 New
    -8
    Why destroy them piece by piece, exposing the lives of motorized rifles to danger, when you can do this in bulk, good for that there are modern means of warfare !?
    1. seregatara1969
      seregatara1969 18 May 2020 22: 04 New
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      and why 997 pieces? 3 more pieces will not pull?
  3. Nehist
    Nehist 15 May 2020 13: 36 New
    +6
    Gg read by laughing !!! The author apparently does not know the range of shots for RPG-7 ?! Especially in recent years 15
    1. svp67
      svp67 15 May 2020 13: 43 New
      +1
      Quote: Nehist
      The author apparently does not know the range of shots for RPG-7 ?! Especially in recent years 15

      I'm wondering, but what about the Russian army only RPG-7 from the means of countering such an armored personnel carrier is there? The nomenclature is much larger and even the armor protection of this "pepelatsa", increased to the 4th level, is not an obstacle
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    3. volodimer
      volodimer 16 May 2020 14: 05 New
      +1
      Alexander, the point here is not what we created over the past 15 years, but the fact that the Poles, having bought Wolverine, thought that this was not a Soviet BTR-70 or 80, but a super-duper means in which now you can not be afraid of anything . Well, something has been corrected thanks to the Israelis, you can fasten the grating screens, but is there now wheeled armored vehicles that can withstand everything that has been created.
      Sergey rightly remarks that RPG-7 is not one ...
  4. Machete
    Machete 15 May 2020 14: 36 New
    +4
    On the RPG-7 light wedge, or something converged?
    No other grenade launchers?
    In battle, armored personnel carriers can also meet with a tank. And with aviation. And with the barrel artillery, finally.
    The name is strange.
    What to knock out? What will be at hand will be beaten.
    1. neri73-r
      neri73-r 15 May 2020 15: 30 New
      +1
      It’s not possible to knock it out, set it on fire! Molotov cocktails have not forgotten how to do it yet! wassat
    2. Lopatov
      Lopatov 15 May 2020 18: 15 New
      +2
      Quote: Machete
      In battle, armored personnel carriers can also meet with a tank. And with aviation. And with the barrel artillery, finally.

      And the APC is very biting. And the tank may suffer.
    3. volodimer
      volodimer 16 May 2020 14: 10 New
      0
      Judging by the concerns of the Poles, their main concern is to help mattresses, and there the main danger is landmines and RPG-7. Where there will be aviation and artillery, you will not see these misters closely.
  5. Karaul73
    Karaul73 15 May 2020 14: 55 New
    +1
    Quote: fn34440
    Why destroy them piece by piece, exposing the lives of motorized rifles to danger, when you can do this in bulk, good for that there are modern means of warfare !?

    Enough of boasting a nuclear bomb! Russia will never apply it. First one. And armed conflicts of low and medium intensity will always go on.
    1. IS-80_RVGK2
      IS-80_RVGK2 15 May 2020 16: 17 New
      +3
      Why is it so certain? If there is no way, it will even apply. Or do you think that if all of a sudden, we will only fight non-nuclear weapons with NATO?
  6. DDT
    DDT 15 May 2020 16: 52 New
    -2
    How can you knock out an armored car "Wolverine" of the Polish army ...
    I would crawl, and commander a stone on the head ... Well, or a bottle of vodka in the hatch, but for now they are moving away from the vapors wassat I would drink all their stocks of Zubrovka and puke them all with the motor-transmission compartment. In the meantime, they pump me out, the comrade would take out the entire materiel from their armored personnel carrier. fool
    1. awdrgy
      awdrgy 15 May 2020 17: 49 New
      +1
      It used to be (there were times))) - now it's stupidly lazy))
      1. DDT
        DDT 16 May 2020 11: 30 New
        +1
        Yes, and with humor on the site, it somehow became sad ... wassat
        1. awdrgy
          awdrgy 16 May 2020 13: 05 New
          +1
          Aging and young is not necessary, they are different
  7. Radikal
    Radikal 15 May 2020 18: 08 New
    +1
    How you can knock out an armored car "Wolverine" of the Polish army: vulnerability and protection
    A strange question - all that is in service. If we are talking about our army, then the nomenclature of anti-tank weapons is now in the public domain. Even the old RPG-7V and other derivatives can handle it. Why the article? winked
  8. tagil
    tagil 15 May 2020 18: 40 New
    +1
    Considering that the characteristics of the KTO Rosomak protection levels generally coincide with the American Stryker combat vehicle, we can turn to the experience of using the latter by the US armed forces in numerous conflicts.
    If Wolverine is identical in armor to Stryker, then this pepelats will riddle the KPVT. And the article simply does not stand up to any criticism.
  9. iouris
    iouris 15 May 2020 23: 48 New
    0
    The title and theme are somehow provocative. Apparently, someone should refer to the publication.
  10. Konatantin 1992
    Konatantin 1992 16 May 2020 16: 09 New
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    What is the meaning of the article? Then write an article about the vulnerabilities of BMP 2, BMP 3, BTR 82, 82A and so on. Of these, all BMPs 3 hold themselves in the forehead (2A72) only who will shoot at it is not clear. And so the article is about nothing ... Sorry
  11. 75 Sergey
    75 Sergey 17 May 2020 12: 53 New
    0
    In general, modularity is good during the war in the countries of the 4th and further world, because they have to carry the modules with them, they need to be stored, and how often it is necessary to urgently make a reconnaissance from the headquarters vehicle, the only thing is to install a ready-made platform at the factory, and even that. the design will initially be heavier in weight than it could be.
  12. Egor-dis
    Egor-dis 17 May 2020 12: 59 New
    +1
    "Bassoon" her.