Ukraine Introduces Specialized Vehicles Based on Oncilla APC Platform at Egypt’s EDEX’2021 Defense Expo

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At the EDEX’2021 defense expo held from 29th November to 2nd December in Cairo, Egypt, the Ukrainian KB Beryl company joined efforts with the Polish Mista company for promoting the Ukrainian-Polish Oncilla APC vehicle in African and Middle East markets
At the EDEX’2021 defense expo held from 29th November to 2nd December in Cairo, Egypt, the Ukrainian KB Beryl company joined efforts with the Polish Mista company for promoting the Ukrainian-Polish Oncilla APC vehicle in African and Middle East markets

At the EDEX’2021 defense expo held from 29th November to 2nd December in Cairo, Egypt, the Ukrainian KB Beryl company, Kyiv, and the Polish Mista company, Stalowa Wola, mounted a joint display showcasing mockups of specialist vehicles based on the Oncilla APC platform

Oncilla vehicles, in baseline configuration, began to be fielded to Ukrainian forces in 2020.

The specialized configurations of the Oncilla series that attract most interest from potential customers are mine detection/disposal vehicle and fire support vehicle, a representative for KB Beryl told Defense Express.

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APC 4x4 Oncilla Mk2 fire support vehicle / KB Beryl image

“Potential customers have showed interest not just in the baseline, turret equipped configuration that has already been deployed with Ukrainian units, but also in specialized configurations based on the Oncilla APC platform. These are especially the mine detection and disposal vehicle and the planned APC Oncilla Mk2 fire support vehicle equipped with a 90mm gun turret, which are being collaboratively developed by KB Beryl and the Mista company based in Stalowa Wola, Poland,” he said.

Mine detection and disposal vehicle based on the Oncilla 4x4 armored personnel carrier platform / KB Beryl image

He continued, “The APC 4x4 Oncilla, with its multifunctional capabilities, modular architecture and high performance characteristics has received much attention and interest from representatives of Egypt’s military and police as well as representatives of other countries in Africa and the Middle East.”

Oncilla APC vehicle mockup displayed at EDEX’2021 defense expo held from 29th November to 2nd December in Cairo, Egypt / Defense Express photo

KB Beryl’s representative, commenting on the participation of Ukrainian companies in the event, said, “The expo as a whole is indicative of the growing importance close engagement between arms developers and manufacturers from various countries has for achieving a success on the global defense market”, and “Ukrainian technology developers, both from the public and commercial sectors, have much to offer interested customers”.

KB Beryl’s and Mista’s joint booth at EDEX’2021 / Defense Express photo

EDEX’2021 hosted five exhibitors from Ukraine, including three Kyiv-based design and development companies, specifically DKKB Luch, Special Design Bureau Vector-V, and KB Beryl, who introduced their one-of-a-kind products and technologies, which had been combat proven on the battlefields of ongoing Russia-Ukraine war and have arisen much interest among potential customers in the region.

At Egypt’s EDEX’2021 defense expo, the Ukrainian KB Beryl company joined efforts with the Polish Mista company for promoting the Ukrainian-Polish Oncilla APC vehicle in African and Middle East markets

The APC 4x4 Oncilla is a comprehensively redesigned derivative of the Morozov Design Bureau’s Dozor-B light armored vehicle with new key systems and components.

Ukraine’s military declines to name its units fielding Oncilla vehicles other than to say that this highly maneuverable, reliable vehicle had augmented the capabilities of the Army’s best combat ready units deployed down range / Defense Express stock photo

Oncilla, a Polish upgrade from the Morozov Design Bureau’s Dozor-B APC, was designed to meet western manufacturing and quality standards as well as NATO compatibility requirements.

In an earlier comment to Defense Express, an official for Mista Sp. z o.o., the copyright owner and manufacturer of the Oncilla APC technology, said that the vehicle had been adapted to meet specific needs of the Ukrainian military, especially in terms of achieving interoperability with NATO forces.

A new consignment of Oncilla APCs being handed over to Ukrainian military, May 2021 / Defense Express stock photo

The Oncilla APC has been made compliant with all relevant NATO and EU requirements and holds great promise in markets both in and outside of Ukraine, the representative of Mista Sp. z o.o. said. He did not rule out that manufacturing process for Oncilla APC vehicles might be set up at one of Ukroboronprom’s factories should the Ukrainian military show an interest in modernizing its Soviet-era APC fleet with EU- and NATO-compliant alternatives. "Oncilla is a European machine, but it was the Ukrainians who brought it to being and adapted it to the needs of the Ukrainian army and of the international market," he said.

The initial large consignment of Oncilla APCs were fielded to Ukrainian forces over 2020-2021 / Defense Express stock photo

Speaking exclusively to Defense Express, the representative for the Polish company said that the Oncilla APC, due to being a versatile platform with a heavy payload capacity, holds a great potential for improvement and further development and could be used as baseline configuration for a comprehensive family of specialist vehicles including: NBC vehicle, command and control vehicle, armored reconnaissance scout vehicle, armored patrol vehicle, anti-tank vehicle, armored ambulance, police vehicle and other special mission configurations that potential customers may require.

The Oncilla APC technology holds a great potential for improvement and further development / Defense Express stock photo

The Oncilla 4x4 APC vehicles that were fielded to Ukrainian units over 2020-2021 had been assembled from Polish-supplied knock-down kits by NVK Sistema LLC, a company based in Vasylkiv outside of Kyiv.

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