ROOIKAT

In 1976 the South African Army began to study the replacement of its Eland 60 and Eland 90 reconnaissance armored cars, initiating the so-called “New Generation Armored Car program”. These vehicles were practically South African copies of the French Panhard H-60 and AML-90 vehicles, but this time a much better vehicle was sought, with greater mobility, firepower and protection. In the period 1976-79 3 prototypes from different firms were presented to study the viability of the program and in 1982 another 3 new contenders emerged, of which in 1984 one of them was accepted to be manufactured under the designation Rooikat.

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Country of origin

South Africa

Builder

Sandock-Austral – Land Systems OMC

Type

Fire support vehicle (FSV)

Entered service

1989

Crew

4

Combat weight

28,000 kg

Dimensions (length x width x height)

8.20 x 2.90 x 2.80 meters

Armour, (maximum)

Steel, frontal protection against 23mm rounds, splinters and light firearms overall. Hull's bottom protected against landmines.

Power plant

1 x 10-cylinder water-cooled diesel, 563hp

Speed

120 km/h

Range

1,000 km

Armament

1 x 76/62mm GT-4 rifled tank gun + 2 x 7.62mm MG-4 + 8 x 81mm smoke grenade dischargers

Ammunition

48 x 76mm shells

Production

242