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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 Infantry Fighting Vehicle is the main variant of the entire Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV) 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. The Ratel ICV series will be replaced in approximately 2022 by the Badger ICV series.
Data Sheet Available: None.

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
  Ratel Prototype with Soft Steel Plate Armor South African Ditsong National Museum of Military History via Stephen Tegner
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 Making of a Legend (Volumes 1 & 2) Botha, De Vries, Ehlert, Haddad, Nell, Savides & Van Der Westhuizen
Surviving The Ride: A Pictorial History of South African Manufactured Mine-Protected Vehicles (30 Degrees South Publications) Steve Camp & Helmoed-Romer Heitman
Ratel, The: Infantry Combat Vehicle (South African Colours and Markings: Vol. 1/No. 1) William Marshall
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