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Place of originPoland
Service history
Used byPoland
Mass16,500 kg (36,400 lb)
Length7.43 m (24.4 ft)
Width2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)
Height2.69 m (8 ft 10 in)
Crew3 + passengers

EngineIveco Diesel
259 kW (347 hp)
Power/weight15.6 kW/t (21.2 PS/t) (max weight)
Suspension8×8 wheeled
Ground clearance0.4 m (1 ft 4 in)
800 km (500 mi)
Speedover 100 km/h (60 mph) on land
up to 10 km/h (6 mph) in water

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 Wojskowe Zakłady Motoryzacyjne S.A. (formerly WZM No. 5), a Polish Armaments Group company. The vehicle was developed from the chassis and drive train of the OT-64 SKOT armored personnel carrier.


KTO Ryś-Med[edit]

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]

(Azalia is Polish for Azalea) - artillery command vehicle designed for Krab howitzers units.

ZSRZ Kaktus[edit]


(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]

(KTRI for Kołowy Transporter Rozpoznania Inżynieryjnego - lit. Wheeled Engineering Reconnaissance Vehicle; Tuja is Polish for Thuja) - wheeled engineering vehicle.

KTO Irbis[edit]

Irbis is a 6x6 variant of Ryś armored personnel carrier.


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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