Armoured Fighting Vehicles of South Africa: Armoured Personnel Carriers of South Africa, Ratel Ifv, Marmon-Herrington Armoured Car, Rg-33

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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Armoured Personnel Carriers of South Africa, Ratel Ifv, Marmon-Herrington Armoured Car, Rg-33, Casspir, Rg-31 Nyala, Mamba Apc, Rg-12, Buffel, Eland Mk7, Rooikat, Rg-32 Scout, Rg-35, Reva Apc, Rg-34, Rg Outrider. Excerpt: The Ratel is the basic Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) of the South African National Defence Force's ...
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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Armoured Personnel Carriers of South Africa, Ratel Ifv, Marmon-Herrington Armoured Car, Rg-33, Casspir, Rg-31 Nyala, Mamba Apc, Rg-12, Buffel, Eland Mk7, Rooikat, Rg-32 Scout, Rg-35, Reva Apc, Rg-34, Rg Outrider. Excerpt: The Ratel is the basic Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) of the South African National Defence Force's mechanized infantry battalions, and is named after an African animal known in English as the Honey Badger, which has a reputation as a ferocious fighter. The South African Army used the British Alvis Saracen APC before the acquisition of spare parts become problematic due to the international arms embargo of apartheid South Africa. The South Africans were therefore forced to design and manufacture their own new vehicle in order to meet requirements of the army during the South African Border War. The 6x6 Ratel was indigenously developed by Sandock-Austral (now owned by Land Systems OMC, part of BAE Systems) and produced in volume for the South African Army in subsequent decades. Design work began in 1968, with prototypes completed in 1974. Production of the basic Ratel-20 started in 1976, which entered operational service in 1977. Other variants, including the improved Mark II and Mark III versions of the basic Ratel, were phased in over the subsequent decade. Mark I vehicles were upgraded to Mark II and III standard during refits. Over a thousand Ratel vehicles have been manufactured. The Ratel was the first wheeled IFV to enter military service, and is generally regarded as an influential design; a number of other countries have since produced vehicles similar to the Ratel, including the Sibmas from Belgium, which is all but a direct copy, as well as a number of South American designs. The Ratel-20 is the primary squad IFV... More: http://booksllc.net/?id=672150
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  • ISBN-13: 9781157770848
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Pages: 66
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.16 (d)

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