Kozak-5: a novelty of Ukrainian armored vehicles
A few weeks ago, a new model of armored vehicles appeared in service with the National Guard of Ukraine - the specialized armored vehicle Kozak-001, which successfully passed the full range of state tests. Its developer is the Kiev Scientific and Production Association “Praktika”. However, this company, according to the assurances of its leadership, is not going to stop there. Already, factory testing of a new Ukrainian armored vehicle, the Kozak-5 armored car, has begun.
About the new development of Ukrainian specialists, so far little is known. In particular, it is slightly lighter and more compact than the Kozak-001 machine. Its weight reaches 10 tons, the width is 2,3 meters, the length is slightly more than 6 meters, the height of the body is 2,25 meters.
Externally, Kozak-5 is very similar to its predecessor, although, according to the developers, according to its technical characteristics, it is more perfect and adapted to the requirements of the military. So, from the words of O. Vysotsky, General Director of the Praktika association, a lot of interesting new technical solutions were implemented in the new armored car. This development has already been demonstrated to the command of highly mobile airborne troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Despite the fact that the new development has not yet passed the state tests, it can be assumed that with the basic characteristics that Kozak armored cars possess, they will be successful. It should be noted that the first model of this armored vehicle was presented back in the 2009 year, during the parade on Independence Day. The car debuted as a combat armored vehicle for special operations forces. True, then the parade ended and everything, despite the fact that the car was quite highly appreciated by the security forces. It is noteworthy that the entire process of developing and creating the first sample was carried out by combining “Praktika”.
Soon the development of Kozak was remembered. It’s not necessary to explain why this happened: in the conditions of the “antiterrorist operation” in the east of Ukraine (in particular, in populated areas), the use of heavy military equipment is less effective than light armored vehicles.
In addition, the armored car "Kozak" is the first Ukrainian-made armored vehicle, protected from the detonation of a mine, as evidenced by a V-shaped bottom. Due to this design, the blast wave seems to bypass the car from two sides.
Such a bottom can withstand an explosion of a mine to 3 kilograms in TNT equivalent, while due to the frame principle of building the cabin, the crew inside it can remain intact. Moreover, this design makes it possible to change the degree of protection by replacing the thickness of the armored panels. The armored glass can withstand a direct hit by an AK-5,45 74-mm bullet and a SVD X-mm rifle. Moreover, this car can, if desired, be equipped with bulletproof glass that is able to withstand caliber and 7,62 millimeter.
The Kozak armored car is based on the Iveco chassis with an economical, powerful 4-cylinder diesel engine, whose life cycle reaches 950 thousands of kilometers. The chassis has high maneuverability, which is very important for the effective performance of combat missions. The fact that the predecessor "Kozak-5", "Kozak-001", for almost two years successfully performs combat missions in the combat zone in the Donbass, without complaints and comments on the chassis, testifies to the correctness of the choice of this chassis. Armored vehicles can reach speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour.
If we talk about other technical characteristics and parameters of the Kozak armored car, then it has traditionally installed a navigation system, an external camera with infrared illumination, a surveillance camera, a rear-view parking camera, a rotary searchlight, a loud-speaking alarm system, a heated glass system, an electric winch, tachograph, as well as filtering systems, fire extinguishing of the power plant and the landing compartment, additional cabin heating system and air conditioning system.
It can be assumed that the cost of one armored vehicle "Kozak-5", just like its predecessor, will be quite high. However, this price, according to O. Vysotsky, is fully justified. The cost of the finished machine includes the cost of acquiring the necessary components and work. At present, the choice of chassis, which would fully take into account modern realities and are fully suitable for military tasks, is rather limited. It is for this reason that the choice was made in favor of Iveco.
In addition, Finnish-made steel is used for booking. It is much more expensive than Ukrainian counterparts, but if it’s about people's lives, the ratio of values needs to be revised. In addition, Ukrainian armor sheets are sometimes thick and unevenly armored. And another important point: so that the car, protected by armor, does not become a standing target because of the punctured tires, so-called dokatki are provided in the machines, which are mounted inside the tires, and even after all the air has gone out, the car can escape from the shelling.
Specialists of the "Practice" association with their developments (not only military but also civilians) have proved that with sufficient funding they are able to launch a new project into production in a short period of time. The capacity of the enterprise is quite enough to produce up to several dozen Kozakov every month. There are enough qualified specialists, and work experience is quite enough. The main thing is that their development turned out to be necessary for someone.
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