Ratel 20

Crew 3 + 9 Infantry
Main Armament 1 × 20mm dual feed cannon
Secondary Armament 1 × 7.62mm co-axial MG
1 × 7.62mm GPMG in AA mount on the rear of the vehicle
4 81mm smoke grenade launchers
Ammunition 1200 20mm rounds
6000 rounds 7.62mm
Combat Mass 18.5ton
Hull length 7.21m
Width 2.7m
Height 2.395m
Engine 12 liter six cylinder in line turbo diesel
Power output 230kW
Fuel 480litres
Road Speed 105km/h
off Speed 30km/h
Road Range 1000km
aging Range 600km
Gradient 27º
Step 0.6m
Trench 1.15m
Ford 1.2m


The Ratel 20 carries a three-man crew and can accommodate anywhere from eight to eleven mounted infantry. This main variant of the Ratel features a two-man turret with the first ever dual fed F2 20mm quick firing cannon. The cannon’s primary purposes are to lay down sustained suppressive fire, engage enemy troops and to destroy soft skinned and lightly armored enemy vehicles. The canon can elevate +38 degrees and -8 degrees. The 20 mm cannon fires high explosive (HE) rounds effective up to 2000 m and armor piercing (AP) rounds up to 1000 m. The Ratel 20 also carries three 7.62mm Browning machine guns, one coaxial, one on the turret and one at the rear of the vehicle, which was primarily used for local and air defense. 

This vehicle was used in many operations during the 26 years long Border War were the merits of the design were proved time and time again. The vehicle was used over long distances, over terrain that it was never intended to be moved across and against targets it was never intended to face, yet it performed admirably. The troops which so often abused the vehicle still refer to their ‘Kalahari Ferrari” with admiration and fond remembrance.

For more detailed information on the Ratel visit Tanks Encyclopedia http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/coldwar/South_Africa/ratel/ 

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