South African Army orders tracer ammunition

21 August 2011 (Last Updated June 9th, 2020 09:51)

Rheinmetall Denel Munitions has received orders from the South African Armoured Corps for 105mm high-explosive tracer ammunition and 76mm armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot tracer ammunition. The 105mm high-explosive tracer ammunition is for use on its Olifant main battle tan

Rheinmetall Denel Munitions has received orders from the South African Armoured Corps for 105mm high-explosive tracer ammunition and 76mm armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot tracer ammunition.

The 105mm high-explosive tracer ammunition is for use on its Olifant main battle tank (MBT) and the 76mm armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot tracer ammunition is for the Rooikat armoured car.

The Olifant MBT is based on the UK Centurion cruiser tank and is armed with the Denel Land Systems GT7 105mm 52-calibre high-pressure gun.

The Rooikat has been designed to conduct missions that include combat reconnaissance, search-and-destroy, anti-armour operations, combat patrols and peacekeeping presence patrols.

The armoured car is equipped with a Denel GT4 high pressure 76mm 62-calibre rifled gun, which can fire an APFSDS round at a speed in excess of 1,600m/s.

The SA Army has 266 Olifant MBTs in five variants: the mk2, mk1B and mk1A MBT, 16 armoured recovery vehicles (ARV) and two armoured bridgelayers (ABL), according to Defence Web.