Ratel Command

Crew 3 + 6 Command Post Personnel
Main Armament 1 × 12.7mm Heavy MG
Secondary Armament 1 × 7.62mm co-axial MG
1 × 7.62mm GPMG in AA mount on rear of vehicl
1 × 7.62mm GPMG on commander’s cupola
4 × 81mm smoke grenade launchers
Ammunition 300 rounds 12.7mm
3000 rounds 7.62mm
Combat Mass 18ton
Hull length 7.21m
Width 2.7m
Height 2.755m
Engine 12 litre six cylinder in line turbo diesel
Power output 230kW
Fuel 480 litres
Road Speed 105km/h
Off Road Speed 30km/h
Road Range 1000km
Off Road Range 600km
Gradient 27ยบ
Step 0.6m
Trench 1.15m
Ford 1.2m

Description

The Ratel Command is a basic Ratel 20 fitted with a new turret mounting a 12.7mm Machine Gun. It was designed in response to the need for a command vehicle for the commanders of Mechanised Infantry formations capable of keeping up with the fighting vehicles of the formation. It carries few passengers as additional radios and a number of map tables have been fitted. Additional fittings also include a public address system, sound recording system and pneumatic antenna mast. Of all the fitting the most novel is a large swivel chair for the commander. Apart from being employed as a command vehicle in the Mechanised Infantry formations the vehicle is also employed by the Artillery as a battery command vehicle or as a mount for forward observers.

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