http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/rsa/icvtd.htmInfantry Combat Vehicle Technology Demonstrator (ICVTD)
South Africa's major military vehicle manufacturer, Reumech OMC, developed a prototype of the vehicle that could be the next-generation Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV) for the South African Army. The vehicle has a combat weight in the 25 ton-region. The vehicle is still unnamed, and is provisionally being called the Rooikat ICV Technology Demonstrator (ICVTD). The vehicle was originally developed as an alternative front-engined drive-train prototype for the Rooikat (Afrikaans for the African Lynx) armoured car project.
The production model has a rear-fitted 10 cylinder water-cooled diesel with turbo charger. Like the production Rooikat, this is an 8x8 with the front four wheels power steered. The ICVTD has a ramp at the rear that allows access to the troop compartment. The vehicle mounts a Ratel-20 turret. It also has a loose top deck and could conceivably alternate between a small turret, such as the Ratel's or a large turret, with a much bigger turret ring, such a that of the Rooikat.
The vehicle was built in the early 1980's and was dusted off for the DEXSA ‘98 to show the rest of the world that South Africa already then gave thought to the currently fashionable wheeled heavy ICV concept. Similar in appearance to recent European designs like Vextra and the tri-national project, it was built in 1982 and then abandoned.
The vehicle is on par with the GIAT Vexstra and the Anglo-Franco-German GTK/MRAV/VBCI project. Armor-wise the vehicle is identical to the present Rooikat. That means it is protected against landmine blasts up to TM 46 size under a wheel, proof against NATO 7.62mm AP all round and can withstand 23mm AP rounds on a 60 degree frontal arc (South African vehicles damaged or lost to enemy fire during cross-border operations in southern Angola in the 1980s generally fell foul of Russian-made ZU-23-2 AA guns used in a ground role).
sealordlawrence said:Whilst we are on the subject of South African gun/vehicle projects I just have a couple of unresolved questions regarding the Rooikat IFV. i have seen it mentioned several times but I have never seen a picture of one, whenever a picture of a Rooikat IFV is posted it is the tank destroyer variant that could not carry infantry. So did an actual IFV variant exist? Was it just a proposal? I am aware that at one point there was a 6 x APC developed by South African company but I cant remember which one but I recall that the design was sold to a US company and developed into an 8 x 8.
Apophenia said:You're right, the ZA-SPADS (or ZA 35) also used the GA 35 guns (which some sources identify as the M-35). The SA-HV mentioned in your posted article was the SAHV-3 Umkhonto missile. This was to arm the ZA 35's SPAAM counterpart, the ZA-HVM (4 x SAHV-3-IR). Kentron produced prototypes of both vehicles which used essentially the same base turret.
Related unbuilt projects were the GA 35 turret on the G6 or Centurion hulls. Other unbuilt GA 35 projects were the Rooikat 35 IFV (with single-bbl GA 35) and the Rooikat 35/ZT-3 DFS/AT vehicle (single-bbl GA 35 and ZT-3 Swift AT missile).
If you could post photos of the Rooikat ICV it would be fantastic, perhaps we could start another thread dedicated to Ratel replacements?
Thank you, sealordlawrence.
Apophenia said:As am I!
BTW, was the Rooikat Combat Vehicle Electric Drive simply a technology demonstrator or was it intended to be applied to proposed production models such as the IFV?
kaiserbill said:Apophenia, do you know of any pictures of the anti-aircraft missile version of the Rooikat air-defence vehicle? I think you mentioned early on that there was a prototype constructed?
The photo is the very first proto, there were 3 variations done leading to the final version that was much improved of which I have the photo's. This project lead directly to the development of the twin 35mm DPG as mounted on the Valour class frigates of the SA Navy, the DPG combined the lessons learned form the SPAAG system as well as eGLas.
suntan said:the SA Army never could address the air threat in angola properly