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Practika Kozak

4x4 Multi-Purpose Light-Armored Vehicle

Ukraine | 2014

"The Practika Kozak has seen modest adoption by the forces of Ukraine as well as a few global parties."

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The "Kozak" is a Ukrainian-originated, 4x4 wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) designed in 2008-2009. It sports the proven "V-type" hull to better deflect blasts from mines and other hidden explosives, holds a crew of five (including driver), and can mount mission-specific arms or equipment over the hull roof. After a pair of trucks were completed in 2009, series production did not begin until 2014 under the NPO Practika brand label.

The vehicle is powered by a single diesel-fueled unit held in the nose, this system outputting 176 horsepower to drive the 4x4 wheeled arrangement. This allows the truck to reach road speeds of 120 kmh. Large road tires are provided for good traction and a high ground clearance provides on-road/off-road capabilities.

Armor protection is light, which is typical for a vehicle of this class. Ram bars are fitted at the bow of the truck and headlamps are recessed and protected. Windows are bullet-resistant. Access into and out of the truck is by way of hinged automobile-style doors at the frame sides - the forward set opening forward in the traditional sense and the rear set opening rearwards. This, in effect, can create a protected enclosure for disembarking occupants finding themselves under fire.

If armed, the vehicle typically fits an NSV machine gun over the hull roof through a partially-enclosed turret emplacement. This structure also can be outfitted with smoke grenade dischargers to screen the vehicle's actions. An electronic warfare (EW) model sports a different variety of hull roof enclosure for the operating crew and features a high-reaching mast structure.

Structural dimensions of the truck include a running length of 5.5 meters, a width of 1.95 meters, and a height of 2.3 meters. Weight is 5.5 tons.

Several variants of the design currently (2022) exist: the "Kozak SRM-1" is a basic 4x4 chassis runner built atop the Italian IVECO "Daily" truck while the "Koazak-2" is a multi-role type with MRAP-level protection against IEDs., this offering utilizing the IVECO "Eurocargo" chassis The "Koazak-2M" can be modified to suit various battlefield roles including convoy security, ambulance, and general personnel hauler under protection. The "Kozak-4" (IVECO Daily) is a general APC and the "Kozak-5" is reserved for special operations forces as well as special police units within Ukraine. This model utilizes the Ford F550 truck chassis.

The Kozak-2 model was adopted by the fighting forces of Ukraine in 2017 and 100 vehicles followed through procurement.

Beyond Ukraine, operators of the series include Indonesia (two vehicles received for trials) and Bangladesh.

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January 2022 - The all-modern Kozak-7 variant was publicaly-displayed alongside a Kozak-2M1 model.

January 2023 - The Kozak armored car series has seen operational service in the long-running Russo-Ukrainian War of 2022. Losses of the series have been incurred.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Practika Kozak 4x4 Multi-Purpose Light-Armored Vehicle.
1 x Diesel-fueled engine developing 176 horsepower driving conventional all-wheeled (4x4) arrangement.
Installed Power
75 mph
120 kph
Road Speed
311 miles
500 km
The physical qualities of the Practika Kozak 4x4 Multi-Purpose Light-Armored Vehicle.
17.9 ft
5.47 meters
O/A Length
6.4 ft
1.95 meters
O/A Width
7.5 ft
2.3 meters
O/A Height
12,125 lb
5,500 kg | 6.1 tons
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Practika Kozak 4x4 Multi-Purpose Light-Armored Vehicle.
1 x NSV machine gun in traversing turret on hull roof.

Also any personal weapons carried by the crew.
Dependent upon armament fit (if any).
Nightvision - OPTIONAL.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - OPTIONAL.
Notable series variants as part of the Practika Kozak family line.
Kozak - Base Series Name.
Kozak SRM-1 - IGeneral light vehicle; VECO Daily truck chassis.
Kozak-2 - Multi-role variant suiting roles such as MRAP; IVECO Eurocargo chassis.
Kozak-2M - Multi-role variant modified to suit battlefield role including security and ambulance.
Kozak-2M1 - Multirole armored car variant.
Kozak-4 - APC model based in the IVECO Daily truck.
Kozak-5 - Special Ops version based in the Ford F550 truck chassis.
Kozak-7 - Modernized form of 2020.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Practika Kozak. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 250 Units

Contractor(s): NPO Practika - Ukraine
National flag of Bangladesh National flag of Indonesia National flag of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia National flag of Ukraine

[ Bangladesh; Indonesia (trial); Saudi Arabia; Ukraine ]
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Image of the Practika Kozak
Image from public release reported on Idc.org.ua.

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