Ukrainian engineers and special forces have developed the Poloz-M16 combat kayak as a low-cost solution for covert operations on the country’s abundant waterways. Equipped with a Ukrainian-produced UAG-40 grenade launcher and designed to carry three people and cargo, the kayak offers a versatile and cost-effective means of waterborne combat and transport. The Poloz-M16 has already seen action, successfully aiding in an operation against Russian forces.
- Innovative Design: Developed by the Ukrainian company Adamant Verf, the Poloz-M16 combat kayak is ten times cheaper than similar equipment used by American and British forces, costing around $2,500 per unit.
- Strategic Utility: Specifically designed for Ukraine’s extensive network of rivers and two seas, the kayak is not intended for direct assaults but for covert operations, providing a quiet and maneuverable form of transport.
- Advanced Features: The kayak is made from a durable polyethylene material that can withstand extreme conditions and last up to 50 years. It can carry up to three people and 550 pounds of cargo, and can be controlled remotely on water.
- Weaponry: A notable feature is its Ukrainian-produced NATO-type UAG-40 grenade launcher that can fire up to a distance of just over a mile. A special recoil-absorbing mechanism keeps the kayak stable when firing.
- Proven in Combat: Ukrainian forces have already successfully utilized the Poloz-M16 in operations, including a mission near Russian positions that led to a Russian retreat.