WZT-3

When the T-72 entered service with LWP in 1978 a need for a new ARV appeared. It was decided that T-72M hull will be used. Wojskowy Instytut Techniki Pancernej i Samochodowej (Military Institute of Automobile and Armour Technology) from Sulejówek pointed out the main requirements of the vehicle and Osrodek Badawczo-Rozwojowy Urzadzen Mechanicznych in Gliwice made two prototypes caring out the Bizon (Bison) program. Tests and trials were carried out from 1986 to 1988 and it was immediately accepted into the Polish Army. During a short production run 20 of those vehicles were made until 2003 when they were all upgraded to the WZT-3M standard.

Country Name Origin Year
Poland 1989
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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Type Armoured recovery vehicle
Place of origin Poland
Service history
In service 1989–?
Production history
Produced 1989–99
Number built 40+
Specifications
Weight 42 tonnes
Length 8.30 m
Width 3.27 m
Height 2.71 m
Crew 4
Main
armament
12.7mm NSW machine gun (200 rounds)
Engine V-46-6 12-cylinder diesel
780 hp (582 kW)
Power/weight 18.6 hp/tonne (13.8 kW/tonne)
Suspension torsion bar
Operational
range
450 km
Speed 60 km/h

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