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Infantry fighting vehicle

Badger IFV

The Badger will form a mainstay of South African mechanized infantry forces

Entered service Expected in 2015-2016
Crew 3 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 26.6 t
Length 8.27 m
Width 2.83 m
Height 3.44 m
Main gun 30-mm
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Main gun ?
Machine guns ?
Engine Scania DI 12 diesel (?)
Engine power 540 hp
Maximum road speed 102 km/h
Range 800 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 2 m
Fording ~ 1.5 m


   A Hoefyster (horseshoe) project was launched in South Africa in 2005. The aim of this project was to procure a new generation 8x8 infantry combat vehicle, that would replace the ageing Ratels. In 2007 after an open tender Denel Land Systems was selected as a winner with its Badger armored fighting vehicle.

   The Badger was developed in cooperation with Patria of Finland. It is a modified and better protected version of the Finnish Patria AMV for South African armed forces. It is fitted with a locally-designed turret. Vehicle was customized for the South African conditions. First prototype was delivered for trials and evaluation in 2010. Originally 268 Hoefyster vehicles were planned. Later this number was reduced to 238. Production contract was awarded to Denel Land Systems in 2013. Badgers will be licensed-produced in South Africa. Production is expected to begin in 2015. First production vehicles are planned to be delivered to South African National Defense Forces (SANDF) in 2015-2016. Deliveries are planned to be completed in 2022. These new armored vehicles will partially replace the ageing Ratels that are now more than 30-year old and. The Badger will become a mainstay of South African mechanized infantry force for many years to come. It is likely that the Badger will be also proposed for export customers.

   During its introduction in the late 1970s the Ratel was considered wheeled IFV, rather than an armored personnel carrier due to its powerful armament and high level of protection. Its successor, the Badger, also packs a formidable punch and is better protected than most current APCs. It is also considered as a wheeled infantry fighting vehicle, rather than armored personnel carrier.

   The Finnish Patria AMV is one of the most protected APCs that are currently available. Also it offers great protection against landmines. With add-on armor fitted front arc withstands hits from 30-mm armor-piercing rounds. Interior is fitted with spall liners. Two uparmored Polish Army vehicles were hit in Afghanistan by RPG-7 rockets, however armor was not penetrated and vehicles managed to return to base. Vehicle also has a top-class mine protection. It has integral protection in its belly, rather than using a V-hull, as with most mine-protected vehicles. It withstands blasts equivalent to up to 10 kg of TNT under any wheel or anywhere under the hull. Protection of the Badger is likely to be similar.

   Vehicle has a single turret structure, that can be fitted with various weapons. This turret was developed by Denel. A standard infantry carrier is armed with a 30-mm cannon and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun.

   The Badger infantry carrier has a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver, plus an infantry section of 8 troops. Other sources claim that production vehicles will carry 10 dismounts. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via rear doors. There are roof hatches for observation, firing and emergency exit.

   The Badger is powered by a turbocharged diesel engine. It is likely to be a Scania DI 12 unit, developing 540 hp. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system and run-flat tyres. It has good mobility over rough terrain. Prototype of the Badger had amphibious capability. Basically because the Finnish Patria AMV is fully amphibious. Later waterjets were removed from the Badger as there is no requirement for amphibious capability in South Africa.

   Five versions of the Badger are planned to be fielded by SANDF. These will be fitted with various weapons and onboard options.




   A standard infantry carrier, armed with a 30-mm cannon;

   Fire support vehicle;

   Command post vehicle, armed with a 12.7-mm machine gun;

   Mortar carrier, fitted with a Denel M10 60-mm breach-loaded long-range mortar. It has a high rate of fire;

   Anti-tank weapon carrier, armed with Ingwe anti-tank missiles.


Video of the Badger infantry fighting vehicle

Badger IFV

Badger IFV

Badger IFV

Badger IFV

Badger IFV

Badger IFV

Badger IFV

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