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KTO Rosomak - controlled destruction in Afghanistan
January 26, 2014

Through the courtesy of Lt. Gen. Marek Tomaszycki, Operational Commander of Armed Forces, the researchers from the faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Military University of Technology: Lt. Col., Ph.D., Eng., Robert Panowicz, 2nd Lt., M.Sc., Eng., Piotr Kędzierski, Ph.D., Eng., Grzegorz Sławiński and Ph.D., Eng., Paweł Bogusz went to Afghanistan to participate in controlled damage of a wheeled armoured vehicle Rosomak in base of PMC-Afghanistan in Ghazni. The researchers from Military University of Technology brought a large number of research equipment items to record the most possible amount of data interesting for them.

Photo 1. First hours in FOB Ghazni (from the left to right): 2nd Lt, M.Sc., Eng., Piotr Kędzierski, Lt Col., Dr., Marcin Wojtkowski (Military Institute of Medicine),
Lt Col., Ph.D., Eng., Robert Panowicz, Ph.D., Eng., Paweł Bogusz,
Ph.D., Eng., Grzegorz Sławiński)

The research team from the Department of Mechanics and Applied Computer Science headed by Prof. Tadeusz Niezgoda started their journey to Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on 26th January 2014 from Okęcie airport on C-130 Hercules aircraft. After an over 9-hour flight they landed in the airfield in an American base Bagram and then were transported on M-17 helicopters to a Polish base in Ghazni. Immediately after arrival, they, together with competent services of PMC, started planning the controlled damage of Rosomak.

Photo 2. Assembly before one of the trips (from the left to right): Ph.D., Eng., Grzegorz Sławiński, Ph.D., Eng., Paweł Bogusz, Lt Col., Ph.D., Eng., Robert Panowicz,
2nd Lt, M.Sc., Eng., Piotr Kędzierski)

During a 3-week stay, a team from Military University of Technology participated three times in patrols examining the response of Rosomak structure under loading of explosive charges of different size. Each trip outside the base was a big logistic challenge involving great technical and human measures. A significant hindrance was very changeable weather. Each trip took place in bad weather conditions, what influenced the tests performance. Despite this hindrances, there were collected very important data, which are being currently subject to the throughout analysis.

Photo 3. Preparations for the tests

Photo 4. Preparations for the tests of wheeled armoured vehicle Rosomak body

Photo 5. The body after tests

Participation in the experiment allowed estimation of interaction of a big explosive charge on the vehicle and recording data which will allow development of reliable numerical models for simulation tests as well as, in the long term, will be helpful for development of structures protecting better the soldiers in the vehicle. Lack of such data essentially hinders taking up the works on increasing the safety of soldiers in vehicles in the case of mine or IED explosion. Thanks to the support of PMC Commander in Afghanistan and the soldiers subordinate to him, it was possible to accomplish the set aims and record interesting data impossible to obtain in Poland.
Despite the tight schedule connected with preparation of the equipment and the object for the tests, the team from the Military University of Technology had an opportunity to familiarize with everyday life routine and specificity of PMC soldiers service.

The employees of Military University of Technology started their return journey on 12th February, when they were transported in an air convoy to the base Bagram. After two-day waiting for the Casa C-295M aircraft and a one-day stay in a German base Mazar-e-Sharif, they left Afghanistan and on 16th February, after a several hours journey, they landed on Warsaw Okęcie airport.

The tests were conducted within the project titled “improvement of safety and protection of Polish soldiers on missions through activity in military-medical and technical areas”, implemented within competition 4 for executing the projects for science research and development works for national defence and safety which is accomplished by a scientific consortium composed of: Military Institute of Medicine, Military University of Technology, Military Institute of Armoured and Automotive Technology, AMZ Kutno Ltd., Silesian University of Technology, National Defence University.


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