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Polish Rosomak 8x8 Armored Vehicles Used in Ukraine Show High Protection Against Russian Drones Attacks.

According to recent feedback from Ukrainian soldiers, the exceptional mobility and resilience of the Polish-made Rosomak Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) have demonstrated a high level of protection against Russian Lancet drone attacks. Poland has delivered a total of 200 Rosomak 8x8 armored vehicles to the Ukrainian armed forces.
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The Rosomak is a Polish-made 8x8 armored vehicle that is in service with the Ukrainian army. (Picture source: Social Network)

In recent combat operations within the Kharkiv region, a brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces deployed several Rosomak IFVs. Despite numerous attempts by Russian forces to neutralize these vehicles using Lancet drones, all attempts have been thwarted, showcasing the Rosomak's robust defense and mobility.

Significant international support enabled the procurement of these vehicles, a total of 200 KTO Rosomak IFVs. The deliveries started in July 2023 and were made possible through the European Union and the United States funding. This international backing underscores the global recognition of Ukraine's strategic importance amidst its conflict with Russia.

Open-source information confirms the delivery timeline and the international funding assistance, underscoring the strategic partnerships bolstering Ukraine’s military capabilities. The Rosomak IFVs, known for their advanced armor and high mobility, are a formidable asset in the ongoing conflict.

The Rosomak armored vehicle, developed in the early 2000s, entered service with the Polish Army in 2005. It is based on the Finnish Patria AMV (Armored Modular Vehicle) and produced under license by Wojskowe Zakłady Mechaniczne (WZM) in Poland.

The Rosomak IFVs, depending on their configuration, are equipped with a variety of armaments. The standard IFV variant features a 30mm Mk 44 Bushmaster II automatic cannon and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, and can also be outfitted with anti-tank guided missiles. Its mobility is ensured by an 8x8 wheeled chassis powered by a Scania DI 12 diesel engine, providing it with a maximum speed of around 100 km/h and an operational range of approximately 800 km. The vehicle's design allows it to traverse various terrains and obstacles, making it highly versatile on the battlefield.

Regarding protection, the Rosomak boasts modular armor that can be upgraded according to mission requirements. Its basic armor provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. In contrast, additional armor modules can offer enhanced protection against heavier threats, including improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and anti-tank mines. Onboard combat equipment includes advanced communication systems, a battlefield management system (BMS), and modern fire control systems, ensuring effective coordination and engagement during operations.

As the situation continues to evolve, the effectiveness of the Rosomak IFVs against aerial threats is not just a milestone in Ukraine’s defense strategy but also a potential game-changer. It could significantly influence future engagements and defense tactics in the current war in Ukraine, underlining the strategic importance of these vehicles.

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