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Ratel Infantry Combat Vehicle Series

Ratel 20 IFV


Specifications (Ratel 20 IFV)

Country of Origin/Used by: South Africa
First Produced/Service Dates: 1979
Manufactured by: Chassis: BAE Land Systems (Formerly Sandock-Austral & also OMC); Gun/Turret: Denel Ordnance
Crew: 4+7
Armament: Main: 20mm Cannon: Co-Axial: 7.62mm Machine Gun; Commander Cupola:  (1) 7.62mm MG; Anti-Aircraft: (1) 7.62mm MG (Right Rear).
Engine: 6 Cylinder Turbo-Diesel
Miscellaneous Info: The Ratel 20 IFV is the main variant of the series, but there are many others; some shown below.  Most often the main external difference between variants is the turret fitted.  "Ratel" means "Honey Badger" in Afrikaans.
Data Sheet Available: None.

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Ratel 20 IFV Photo Above Marius van Aardt - Editor of The South-African Bush War
Ratel 12.7mm Command Vehicle Photos Marius van Aardt
  Ratel 60 IFV Photo (Main Armament is a 60mm Mortar) Marius van Aardt
Ratel 90 Fire Support Vehicle Photos Marius van Aardt
Ratel Mobile Artillery Observation System Vehicle Photos Marius van Aardt
Ratel ZT3 A2 Anti-Tank Vehicle Photos Marius van Aardt

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Ratel ICV Series Vehicle Photos Military Vehicles of South and Southern Africa Website

Printed

Reference Author
Battle for Namibia: South Africa's Longest War, The: Museum Ordnance Special Number 8 (Darlington Publications) Morgan Norval

"Honey Badger" (April 2008 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine)

Terry Gander
Jane's Tank Recognition Guide (4th Edition) Christopher Foss
Ratel, The: Infantry Combat Vehicle (South African Colours and Markings: Vol. 1/No. 1) William Marshall
Surviving The Ride: A Pictorial History of South African Manufactured Mine-Protected Vehicles (30 Degrees South Publications) Steve Camp & Helmoed-Romer Heitman
War in Angola (Concord Publications) Al J. Venter

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Ratel 20 IFV Model Kit Aerografix 1/35 Multi-Media
Ratel 20 IFV Model Kit Aerografix 1/48 Multi-Media
Ratel 20 IFV Model Kit Bax Mod (South Africa) 1/35 Multi-Media
Ratel 12.7mm Command Vehicle Model Kit Bax Mod 1/72 Multi-Media
Ratel 20 IFV Model Kit Bax Mod 1/72 Multi-Media
Ratel 81mm Mortar Carrier Model Kit Bax Mod 1/72 Multi-Media
Ratel 90 FSV Model Kit Bax Mod 1/72 Multi-Media
Ratel ZT3 Anti-Tank Vehicle Model Kit Bax Mod 1/72 Multi-Media
Ratel 90 FSV Model Kit Fine Cast Models (FCM) 1/35 Multi-Media

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider