Class: Fire Support Vehicle (Prototype)
Vehicles Built: 1
Having the firepower of a Main Battle Tank on a light and fast-wheeled chassis is a tempting prospect indeed, and it is therefore no wonder that the Polish military is considering implementing the same class of vehicles into its infantry unit structure. While an infantry formation alone generally cannot withstand a concentrated armored assault on its own, NATO tests and exercises have shown that attaching a FSV platoon equipped with 105mm gun vehicles to an infantry formation significantly increases the unit’s chance of inflicting severe losses to the enemy. These conclusions were confirmed by series of simulations, ran by the Land Forces Officer School in Wroclaw: it turned out that attaching FSVs to a Polish mechanized infantry battalion would in some cases allow the formation to stop a tank advance dead in its tracks.
The Wilk is the WZM (the KTO Rosomak producer) and CMI Defence (the Belgian turret producer) response on these considerations. It is a KTO Rosomak hull with a commercial Cockerill CT-CV 105HP turret. The turret is also offered by CMI independently as the means to customize other armored vehicles. It’s armed with CMI’s 105mm CV automatically loaded gun, capable of firing all standard NATO ammunition as well as Cockerill’s own M1060CV shell (capable of penetrating 560mm armor at 60 degrees and at 2000 meters). In addition to that, the gun can also be used to launch the Cockerill Falarick 105 tandem HEAT warhead anti-tank guided missile.
A prototype of this vehicle was built and tested in 2012. After passing the tests, it was offered to the Polish Armed Forces but failed to catch its attention despite the excellent trial results. The reason was that introducing yet another caliber to the Polish military (in addition to Leopard 2’s 120mm and T-72’s 125mm) was simply not an option.
- Marksman: This vehicle can fire advanced ammunition from its accurate weapon, allowing it to destroy enemy armor at long distances.
- HESH Rounds: This vehicle can fire special Squash Head rounds. These are extremely effective against angled armor that is typical for Soviet tanks.
- Complete Smoke Cover: This vehicle fires its smoke launchers in all directions to provide complete concealment.
|105mm M900 APFSDS||APFSDS||Stock||450||730[note 1] mm||1455 m/s||4.50 s|
|105mm M393A3 HEP||HEP||Stock||380||410 mm||760 m/s||4.50 s|
|Falarick 105 ATGM||ATGM||Stock||510[note 2]||900 mm||200 m/s||4.50 s|
|7.62mm AP||AP||Stock||8||18[note 3] mm||855 m/s||5.00 s|
|XP Cost||Credit Cost||Hull
|Stock||Stock||55 mm (vs AP)
55 mm (vs HEAT)
|Steel with Cage Elements||105 mm (vs AP)
135 mm (vs HEAT)
|High Hardness Steel||N/A||N/A vs AP|
N/A vs HEAT
|This vehicle's light armor offers basic protection from autocannons and machineguns. Cage armor provides additional side and rear protection from HEAT rounds.|
|Name||XP Cost||Credit Cost||Aim Time||Reload Time||More Info|
|105mm Cockerill HP Rifled Cannon||Stock||Stock||2.25 s||4.50 s|
105mm M900 APFSDS
105mm M393A3 HEP
|Name||XP Cost||Credit Cost||Max Speed||Reverse Speed||Forward
|Hull Traverse||Fire Chance|
|Scania DI 12 490 hp Diesel Engine||Stock||Stock||103 km/h||40 km/h||3.93 s (0 to 32 km/h)
22.08 s (0 to Max Speed)
- 730 mm at 150m;
621 mm at 700m
- 102 for Non-Penetrating Hits
- 18 mm at 100m;
9 mm at 1000m