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Ratel 81 Mortar Carrier
|First Produced/Service Dates:||1987|
|Armament:||Main: 81mm M3 Mortar; Turret (Commander's Station): 7.62mm Browning Machine Gun.|
|Miscellaneous Info:||The primary
purpose of the Ratel Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV) series was to produce
an indigenous South African built Infantry Fighting Vehicle. The result
was the main series variant, the
Ratel 20 ICV. All other series
variants stem from this vehicle, including the Ratel 81 Mortar Carrier.
160 were built over its lifetime in the
Mark 2 & 3 configurations. Even though a Ratel Mortar Carrier was
envisioned from the start of the vehicle program, the vehicle took many
years to put into action. This delay was caused by a myriad of
problems/issues, including bureaucratic as well as technical
difficulties; especially with calibration and aiming of the
main weapon. Due to the successful employment of this variant, the
larger 120mm M5 mortar was also tested with the Ratel series. Not
surprisingly, the variant was named the Ratel 120 Mortar Carrier.
Although its performance was acceptable, no vehicles were produced.
*For specifications common to all variants in this series of vehicles, go to our Warwheels.net Ratel Index.
|Data Sheet Available:||None Available|
|Ratel 81 Mortar Carrier Photos||Chris Baxter - Owner of BaxMod|
|Ratel 81 Mortar Carrier Information & Photos||Weapons-Systems.net|
For information common to all variants in this series of vehicles, go to our
WarWheels.Net Ratel Index