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Rooikat 105

Tank destroyer

Rooikat 105

The Rooikat 105 was considered an impressive vehicle for its class

 
 
Entered service -
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 28.5 t
Length (gun forward) ~ 8.2 m
Hull length 7.1 m
Width 2.9 m
Height 2.8 m
Armament
Main gun 105-mm rifled
Machine guns 2 x 7.62-mm
Elevation range - 10 to + 20 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 32 rounds
Machine guns 3 200 rounds
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power 563 hp
Maximum road speed 120 km/h
Range 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 70%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 1 m
Trench 2 m
Fording 1.5 m

 

   The Rooikat 105 was an upgunned version of the Rooikat (African Lynx) armored car, offered by Reumech OMC and LIW (later Denel, now BAE Systems) in South Africa. It was created with the intent of expanding the lethality of the existing Rooikat, by replacing the main armament with a model capable of delivering heavier payloads over longer distances, and defeating virtually any operational or projected armored vehicle at the time. Though perhaps even more important than the firepower offered by a 105-mm gun was the ubiquity of its ammunition. It was considered that the market would be more receptive to a reconnaissance vehicle/tank destroyer armed with a 105-mm gun (such as the AMX-10RC and Centauro) than a smaller 76-mm gun. Development of the Rooikat 105 was completed in 1994.

   Though the Rooikat 105 was considered an impressive vehicle for its class, the SADF (now the SANDF) was satisfied with its 76-mm Rooikats, and the export market in the 1990s was glutted with Cold War-era AFVs by the Rooikat 105 was offered for export. Thus, it was not a success, and as of 2010 it has failed to attract any customers.

   The hull is the same as that of the regular Rooikat, with an extremely similar turret. Thus, the only definitive recognition feature apart from the regular Rooikat is a the different gun tube, which has a thermal sleeve, conspicuously-larger fume extractor with an oblong cross-section, and a tapering base.

   All of the mobility, protection, electronic, and ergonomical features of the Rooikat 105 are the same as in the standard Rooikat as well. The only significant changes are a slightly increased length due to increased gun overhang, and an extra 500 kg of combat weight.

   The definitive difference of the Rooikat 105 to the regular Rooikat is its main gun - a GT7 Rifed 105-mm gun, with a tube 52 calibers long, and a 6 rpm rate of fire. This low-recoil-force gun can fire all NATO 105-mm shells, including APFSDS, HEAT, HE, HESH, APERS, WP, and illumination rounds. As with the standard Rooikat, both the coaxial gun and the vehicle commander's weapon are 7.62-mm MG4s. A total of 32 rounds are carried for the main gun (compared to 40 on the standard Rooikat), and 3 200 7.62-mm rounds (down from 3 600 in the standard Rooikat).

   Only a single prototype was built, and there are no variants of the Rooikat 105, save for the original Rooikat family of vehicles it was derived from.

   As of 2010, the Rooikat 105 was still offered for sale by BAE Systems. The unit cost is approximately $280 000.

 

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