Ratel

ratel

What kind of vehicle is a Ratel?

It was the first wheeled infantry fighting vehicle to enter service worldwide and was built on a modified MAN truck chassis. The Ratel was designed in response to a South African Army specification for a light armoured vehicle suited to the demands of rapid offensives combining maximum firepower and strategic mobility.

What was the purpose of the Ratel?

Unlike most contemporary IFVs, Ratels were not intended to fight in concert with tanks in a major conventional war, but provide strategic mobility to mechanised infantry units accustomed to operating independently across the vast distances of Southern Africa.

What are the features of the Ratel?

The Ratel possesses rear-mounted engine and fighting compartments, while its turret ring and driving compartment are located towards the front of the vehicle. It has a long, box-shaped hull with slightly sloped vertical sides and rear. The hull is of all-welded construction, with a maximum armour thickness of 20mm on the hull front.

What is the difference between a Ratel and Ratel-81?

The Ratel Command was fitted with additional radio equipment, a public address system, and map tables; it carried a 12.7mm machine gun as its main armament. The Ratel-81 was a turretless variant with an 81mm mortar installed in the passenger compartment.

What is a Ratel?

The Ratel was designed in response to a South African Army specification for a light armoured vehicle suited to the demands of rapid offensives combining maximum firepower and strategic mobility.

What kind of steering system does a Ratel have?

The Ratels steering system is mechanical, with hydraulic assistance. One of the unique features of the Ratels design was the pintle-mounted machine gun at the hull rear, which was used for anti-aircraft purposes by the vehicle crew.

What is a Ratel wheeled IFV?

The Ratel wheeled IFV is named after the honey badger, noted for its toughness when fighting. Many would consider the Ratel IFV to be well named. It first appeared in 1974, when sanctions were at their height, having been totally developed within South Africa. This armored vehicle was manufactured by Sandock-Austral.

What is the replacement for the Ratel?

The Ratel is scheduled to be at least partly superseded in SANDF service by a new eight-wheeled infantry fighting vehicle, the Patria AMV, also designated as the Badger.

What does a Ratel look like?

What is a ratel? Ratels, also known as honey badgers, are muscular and compact, have a thick skull, a well-developed neck and shoulders, and strong forelegs armed with massive claws for digging. The striking pattern of the black lower body and white upper-body fur extends to the tail.

What kind of vehicle is a Ratel?

It was the first wheeled infantry fighting vehicle to enter service worldwide and was built on a modified MAN truck chassis. The Ratel was designed in response to a South African Army specification for a light armoured vehicle suited to the demands of rapid offensives combining maximum firepower and strategic mobility.

What makes the Ratel so special?

The Ratel was based on a commercial MAN truck chassis, from which many mechanical parts were utilised. Its use of parts otherwise ubiquitous to the civilian automotive industry proved to be an advantage in circumventing the universal arms embargo imposed on South Africa, which extended only to purpose-built military products.

Who is the Ratel?

THE RATEL – The Ratel Official Web Site THE RATEL Scan Discography Bandcamp photo by Kenji Chiga THE RATEL is a band based in Tokyo. Narufumi Mizobuchi, Kenji Hatakeyama, Aya Naito, Hiroki Togashi, Wakana Ikeda

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