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Ratel 90



Overview


Ratel 90

Oblique view of Ratel 90 infantry fighting vehicle.
Source: www.allatsea.co.za - © Copyright lies with original owner

Origin
South Africa
Type
Infantry fighting vehicle
Entered service
1980
Status
In service
Development
Late 1970's
Developer
South Africa
Production
1979 - Mid 1980's
Producer
South Africa - Sandock-Austral
Designations
Ratel
Afrikaans for "honey badger"
Notable users
South Africa
Morocco

Details


Facts Ratel 90
General
Origin
South Africa
Type
Infantry fighting vehicle
Crew
3+6 (commander, driver, gunner + 6 troops)
Less than 6 troops in fire support role
Dimensions
Weight
19 t combat load
Length
7.21 m hull
8 m gun forward
Width
2.52 m
Height
2.92 m
Main armament
Type
90mm GT-2 cannon
Mount
Main gun in turret
Ammunition
72 rounds
Can carry more shells in lieu of troops
Elevation
-8 to +15 degrees, powered
Traverse
360 degrees, powered
Stabilizer
No, but can fire on the move at very low speed
Coaxial armament
Type
7.62mm MG4 CA machine gun
Mount
Coaxial with main armament
Ammunition
6.000 rounds in total, 100 rounds ready to fire
Secondary armament
Type
7.62mm MG4 AA machine gun
Mount
Pintle mount at rear of vehicle
Ammunition
6.000 rounds in total, 100 rounds ready to fire
Traverse
Manual traverse and elevation
Chassis
Chassis type
Wheeled
Configuration
6x6
Wheelbase
2.8 m + 1.4 m
Tire size
14.00 x20
Automotive
Engine
B├╝ssing D 3256 BTXF 12-liter six-cylinder liquid-cooled turbo diesel
Power
282 hp at 2.200 rpm
Transmission
Renk HSU 106
Automatic, 6 forward, 2 reverse
Fuel
480 L
Mobility
Speed
105 km/h on road
30 km/h off road
Range
1.000 km on road
600 km off road
Power to weight ratio
14.8 hp/t
Turn radius
8.5 m
Obstacle crossing
Ground clearance
0.34 m
Wall
0.6 m
Trench
1.2 m
Gradient
27 degrees
Fording
1.2 m
Protection
Armor type
Steel
Armor thickness
20 mm hull front
8 to 10mm hull sides and rear
Smoke system
2x2 81mm smoke grenade dischargers

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