Country of origin
Dimensions and weight
16 - 26 t
1 x 12.7 mm (optional)
Scania DI12 diesel
480 or 540 hp
Maximum road speed
over 100 km/h
Amphibious speed on water
6 - 10 km/h
Rosomak (wolverine) armored personnel carrier is a Polish
license-produced version of the Finnish
AMV. This APC is locally built in Poland, however the most
important components come from Finland. The Polish Wojskowe Zaklady
Mechaniczne company has the rights to produce and marketing the
vehicle to both Polish MoD and foreign customers until 2023. This
company also has the rights to service and repair these vehicles
was ordered by the Polish MoD in 2002 in order to modernize the
Polish Army fleet. The Rosomak replaced the ageing
8x8 armored personnel carriers and
tracked infantry fighting vehicles. Polish MoD ordered a total of
690 vehicles. It includes 377 armored personnel carriers and 313
uparmored and upgunned wheeled infantry fighting vehicles.
Deliveries commenced in 2004 and all vehicles were planned to be
delivered by 2013. However it seems that the number of Rosomaks in
service with the Polish Army is growing due to emerging variants.
Also in 2015 Slovakia ordered 30 of these vehicles.
has seen service with the Polish Army during the wars in Iraq,
Afghanistan and during peacekeeping mission in Chad and Central
African Republic. During these international deployments the Rosomak
proved itself well. It is worth noting that American soldiers refer
the Polish Rosomak as superior in any aspect to their
The Patria AMV
is among the most protected 8x8 armored personnel carriers. However
it is also one of the largest APCs. The Polish Rosomak is fitted with modular ballistic protection. Armor composes of
interchangeable modules of various thickness and can be tailored to
suit mission requirements. Heavy armor is removed during peacetime
and for transportation. However it is restored once the vehicle
arrives in the combat theater. Maximum protection
level is against 30 mm armor-piercing rounds. Vehicle also has a
top-class mine protection. It can withstand up to 10 kg TNT blast.
There were numerous instances when the Polish Army Rosomaks were hit
in Afghanistan by landmines and improvised explosive devices. In
most cases there were no casualties.
Two uparmored Polish Army vehicles were hit in Afghanistan by
rockets, however armor was not penetrated and vehicles managed to
return to base. Other sources report that there were more instances
of Rosomaks surviving RPG-7 hits. A cage armor can be fitted for a
higher level of protection against RPG-7 rockets. NBC protection and fire suppression systems are
fitted as standard. The Rosomak weights between 16 and 26 t
according to armor and weapon systems.
APC version has a crew of two and carries 10 soldiers. It has a
shielded weapon mount on the roof for 12.7 mm machine gun or 40 mm
automatic grenade launcher.
version is fitted with Italian OTO Melara Hitfist-30P turret. This
turret is operated by commander and gunner. It is armed with a
Bushmaster II 30 mm cannon and coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun. This
version has a crew of 3 and carries 8 soldiers.
are other versions of the Rosomak, that are armed with remotely
controlled 12.7 mm machine guns, or do not carry any weapons at all.
is powered by the Scania DI12 turbocharged diesel engine. Engine is
mated to ZF automatic transmission with 7-forward and 1-reverse
is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. The baseline Polish
Army Rosomak is fully amphibious - both APC and wheeled IFV
versions. On water these vehicles are propelled by two waterjets.
Rosomak can be airlifted by a
C-130 Hercules tactical cargo aircraft.
Poland developed a whole host of combat vehicles, based on their
Rosomak. However none of them have entered service yet. It seems
that Poland plans to fields rapid deployment brigades with Rosomak
8x8 heavily armored APCs in the same manner as US Army fields
Brigade Combat Teams. Each rapid deployment brigade has 8x8 armored
vehicles of various variants. Operational concept behind these
brigades is stressed on speed, deployability and maneuverability to
counter enemy forces.
armored personnel carrier.
infantry fighting vehicle.
infantry fighting vehicle, modified for deployment in Afghanistan.
It has improved armor protection.
a ZSSW-30 unmanned turret. It has improved capabilities over the
standard manned turret. It is armed with a 30 mm cannon and two
LR anti-tank guided missile launchers. Also it has improved fire
anti-tank missile carrier, equipped with Spike anti-tank guided
Lowcza air defense vehicle.
120 mm breach-loaded mortar carrier.
technical assistance vehicle.
105 mm fire support vehicle.
vehicle. It is fitted with Israeli equipment. It has a radar,
thermal sensor, motion sensor and small UAV. Once on a high ground,
this vehicle detects activity at a range of up to 10 km at day/night
or any weather condition.
is a newer, improved and more capable version of the Rosomak. It is
a Polish license-produced version of the
AMV XP. The
"XP" stands for Extra Payload, Protection and Performance.
This armored vehicle was first publicly revealed in 2015. Its front
arc withstands hits from 30 mm armor-piercing rounds. All-round
protection is against 14.5 mm armor-piercing rounds. Vehicle also withstands blasts equivalent to 10 kg of TNT.
This armored vehicle is fitted with a more powerful engine,
developing 603 hp.