The KTO Ryś (KTO for Kołowy Transporter Opancerzony - lit. Wheeled Armored Vehicle; Ryś is Polish for Lynx) is 8x8 multi-role military vehicle produced by WZM S.A. (Wojskowe Zakłady Motoryzacyjne Spółka Akcyjna - lit. Military Motorization Works Joint Stock Company ), former WZM no. 5. The vehicle is a deep development of OT-64 SKOT.
Variants[edit | edit source]
KTO Ryś-Med[edit | edit source]
Armored ambulance vehicle with crew of 3, capable to transport maximum of 4 injured in stretched position. This variant was adopted by Polish land Forces and fielded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
KTO Azalia[edit | edit source]
(Azalia is Polish for Azalea) - artillery command vehicle designed for Krab howitzers units.
ZSRZ Kaktus[edit | edit source]
(ZSRZ for Zautomatyzowany System Rozpoznawczo-zakłócający - lit. Automatic Reconnaissance-Jamming System; Kaktus is Polish for Cactus) - electronic warfare system based on KTO Ryś.
KTRI Tuja[edit | edit source]
(KTRI for Kołowy Transporter Rozpoznania Inżynieryjnego - lit. Wheeled Engineering Reconnaissance Vehicle; Tuja is Polish for Thuja) - wheeled engineering vehicle.
KTO Irbis[edit | edit source]
Irbis is a 6x6 variant of Ryś armored personnel carrier.
Other[edit | edit source]
At early stages of development Ryś was presented in many variants like APCs and IFV with Reihmal E8 or Rafael RCWS-127 turrets, M98 mortar carrier and other. All those vehicles were based on early first generation of Ryś vehicles, much closer to original OT-64 SKOT, none of those vehicles were adopted, and the manufacturer no longer offers them.
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