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The Dzik is a 4 wheeled multi-purpose infantry mobility vehicle that can transport up to 13 people, and weighs in at 4.5 tons. This vehicle has excellent handling, speed, and the right combination of defensive protection, armarment, and mobility. It utilizes lighter composite armor and is capable of holding up against all 7.62mm fire, it also has bullet-proof windows, and run flat tires. For added defense it has smoke launchers to cover its retreat or use as mobile cover. With its 146 hp (107 kW) turbo-diesel engine it is capable of reaching speeds over 100k/h. It is armed with a standard 7.62mm NATO machine gun, although it can also be equiped with numerous other weapon systems such as the NSV heavy machine gun that uses the 12.7mm NATO round (50 cal). It also has 13 firing ports to allow the troops inside to add their firepower to the fight from safety.

Produced by the AMZ works in Kutno, it is designed for serving both the patrol and intervention roles, as well as an armored personnel carrier for use by various peace-keeping and policing forces. The 13th International Defense Industry Show was held in Kielce Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2005, featuring products from the world's leading arms manufacturers. The Bumar group, Poland's largest producer of military equipment, presented products sold to Iraq, including Dzik armored vehicles (pictured) from AMZ Kutno-featuring equipment for jamming signals that remote-control the launching of charges. Bumar is selling 600 these vehicles for $100 million and has declared an intention to join the VIP helicopter tender as a representative of the Eurocopter company.

The Dzik is already in use by the Polish armed forces, and the New Iraq Army purchased 1,000 of these vehicles showing its immediate popularity even though it has just been released. In 2004 2005, because of contracts, the Iraqi army received Dzik armored vehicles from AMZ Kutno, and other equipment.

AMZ Kutno, a privately-owned Polish producer of armored cars and other special-purpose vehicles, said in December 2007 it was ready to battle it out with foreign suppliers to win orders for arms supplies from the Polish defense ministry. The Polish military planned to buy 120 armored patrol vehicles, with the first batch of 40 vehicles to be ordered next year for zl.42 million, the ministry said. In a previous contract, AMZ Kutno provided the Polish military police with Dzik armored vehicles.

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