Modern conflicts such as those ongoing in Afghanistan and Iraq reignited interest in armored cars for quick-reaction support of ground force actions and general patrolling/security. As such, many providers jumped at the chance to sell their designs to military organizations as was the case with the Polish AMZ "Dzik" (Wild Boar) Infantry Mobility Vehicle (IMV). The type entered service in 2004 and currently serves the Polish Army, Polish Police (military and special), and the restocking Iraqi Army. An unknown number of Dziks fell to Islamic State in their advance across Iraq and Syria.
The Dzik was designed from the outset as a multi-purpose vehicle in the same vein as the American HUMVEE series. It is an all-modern light armored car in the 5-ton range equipped with four large rubber-tired, run-flat road wheels while being powered by an Italian Iveco Aifo SOFIM 8140-43N series turbocharged diesel engine of 146 horsepower output. The engine is held in a forward compartment with the driver's position aft and a passenger/fighting cabin aft of the driver. Dimensions of the vehicle include a running length of 5.74 meters, a width of 2 meters, and a height of 2.16 meters. The extended cabin section allows the vehicle a hauling capabilities for as many as eleven infantry. Armor protection is from small arms fire and artillery spray. A ram bar is featured at the front of the vehicle for smashing through barricades. The vehicle is suspended across all four wheels and features a road speed of 100kph with an operational range of 800 kilometers.
The sides of the vehicle feature bulletproof vision blocks and rounded gunports so occupants can engage enemy forces from within the confines of their protected vehicle. The forward windscreen is also bulletproof and of a single-piece design with a gunport located along the lower-right quadrant. Over the windshield of some Dzik vehicle versions are two banks of two smoke grenade dischargers (four total) so the vehicle can attempt to mask its position in a combat zone. An area of the roof can also support an optional turret (some versions) with variable armament options including non-lethal police-minded solutions. Typical armament is a 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) while alternative armament has been the 7.62mm machine replaced with a 12.7mm heavy mounting instead.
AMZ has marketed four major variants of its Dzik vehicle which use the same chassis for logistical friendliness and to keep costs under control. The Dzik-3 is the standard four-door, eleven-man variant with machine gun turret fitted over the roof (also thirteen firing ports) while the Dzik-2 is similar but seats eight and sports five doors about its design (eight firing ports fitted). The Dzik "Cargo" - as its name suggests - is a cargo-minded transport version with its rear section dedicated to hauling wares. It seats three and has only two doors. The Dzik-AT is an "Anti-Terrorist" model with three total doors while seating eight - specially designed with the anti-terrorist task force in mind and features 10 firing ports to boot.
Iraqi Army Dzik vehicles are named "Aim Jaria 1" and are of the Dzik-3 mark. Several hundred have been ordered to date and numbers way well reach beyond 1,000 by the end of it all.