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Practika Kozak

4x4 Multi-Purpose Light-Armored Vehicle [ 2014 ]

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

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 01/12/2023 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

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.©MilitaryFactory.com
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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.



Service Year

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In Active Service.

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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Armored Car
Design, of typically lightweight nature, providing onroad/offroad capabilities for the scouting or general security roles.
Designed to withstand attacks from mines and ambushes through specialized design and survivability features.
Can conduct reconnaissance / scout missions to assess threat levels, enemy strength, et al - typically through lightweight design.
General utility-minded design to accomplish a variety of battlefield tasks, typically in a non-direct-combat fashion.
Special Purpose
Special purpose design developed to accomplish an equally-special battlefield role or roles.

Wheeled Arrangement
Wheeled arrangement gives this system an inherent road-running capability, enhancing mobility.
Primary Turret
A modern tank quality, this vehicle sports its main armament in a single turret.
Traversable Main Armament
Armament is situated in a traversing component, allowing for all-around engagement of enemy threats.
Cross-Country Capability
Design includes such features as a track-link system or high ground clearance to better traverse offroad.
Angled Armor
Angled armor at key facings adds inherent ballistics protection to the vehicle.
Shallow Glacis
The shallow design of the glacis plate provides the vehicle with inherent ballistics protection as well as contributes to a lower overall profile - making it more difficult to disable.
NBC Protection
Crew is provided (either as standard or optional) protection against Nuclear-Biological-Chemical agents for enhanced survivability in contaminated zones.
Smoke Screening
Vehicle has capability to self-generate a smoke screen, either through launched grenades or built-in engine funtion (raw fuel injection).
Crew has access to night-vision equipment, allowing for low-light or night time operations.
Vehicle features an in-built anti-infantry capability for local defense of the vehicle or general troop suppression.
Troop Carrier
Vehicle (or its variants) has an inherent troop-carrying capability, providing protected cover for embarked allies in contested areas.
Vehicle's proven running gear and overall makeup lends itself well to fulfill other battlefield roles by way of specialized designs.

17.9 ft
5.47 m
6.4 ft
1.95 m
7.5 ft
2.3 m
12,125 lb
5,500 kg
6.1 tons
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Practika Kozak production variant. Length typically includes main gun in forward position if applicable to the design)
Powerplant: 1 x Diesel-fueled engine developing 176 horsepower driving conventional all-wheeled (4x4) arrangement.
74.6 mph
(120.0 kph)
310.7 mi
(500.0 km)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Practika Kozak production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)
1 x NSV machine gun in traversing turret on hull roof.

Also any personal weapons carried by the crew.

Supported Types

Graphical image of a tank medium machine gun
Graphical image of the M3 Grease Gun submachine gun

(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
Dependent upon armament fit (if any).

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.

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