Rooikat Mk.1D

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Rooikat Mk.1D
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Rooikat Mk.1D
AB RB SB
8.3 8.3 8.3
Class:
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Purchase:490 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The Rooikat Mk.1D is a rank VI British light tank with a battle rating of 8.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.95 "Northern Wind".

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
ESS
Creation of a smoke screen in the direction of movement of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull25 / 25 / 20
Turret25 / 25 / 15
Crew4 people
Visibility84 %

Armour on the Rooikat is, to say the least, nonexistent. It will be safe from rifle-calibre machine guns from all angles, but 12.7 mm and above will be able to penetrate the side armour at close ranges. Cannon-armed aircraft will also be a significant threat. This vehicle also has hull-break, so any main gun will probably instantly destroy the Rooikat Mk.1D. Therefore, the Rooikat Mk.1D's key to survival is mobility. It also comes stock with a desert yellow camouflage, which can be problematic on certain maps.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (hull, turret, cupola)
  • Wheel (tires, torsion bars)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 25 mm (77°) Upper glacis - Centre
10 mm (75°) Upper glacis - Sides
30 mm (23°) Lower glacis - Centre
15 mm (23°) Lower glacis - Sides
20 mm (25°) Top
25 mm (0-9°) Bottom
20 mm Upper plate
20 mm (29°) Lower plate
25 mm (13°) Front glacis - Centre
10 mm (15°) Front glacis - Sides
20 mm (0-13°) Driver compartment
10 mm (0-17°) Crew compartment
5 mm Radiator vents
Turret 25 mm (26-28°) Turret front
25 mm Gun mantlet - external
30 mm (cylindrical) Gun mantlet - internal
25 mm (12-16°) 15 mm (15°) 15 mm (10°) Front
10 mm (0-11°) Rear
Cupola 25 mm (cylindrical) Base
25 mm (spherical) Dome
25 mm (spherical) Dome

Notes:

  • Tires and torsion bars are 10 mm thick.
  • The storage box behind the turret is 5 mm thick.
  • The internal part of the gun mantlet overlaps with parts of the turret front.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB134 / 49 km/h
RB and SB121 / 44 km/h
Number of gears5 forward
2 back
Weight26.5 t
Engine power
AB1 082 hp
RB and SB567 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB40.8 hp/t
RB and SB21.4 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 134 49 26.5 879 1082 33.17 40.83
Realistic 121 44 501 567 18.91 21.4

The mobility on the Rooikat Mk.1D is best described as good. It's decently fast, both on and off-road, but suffers from a poor turning circle and a somewhat under-powered engine, at least when stock. Users should not be surprised if they have trouble climbing even mild grades from a standstill and it is not uncommon to need to back up and gain some momentum before being able overcome some hills.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 000 → 5 141 Sl icon.png
RB3 550 → 6 084 Sl icon.png
SB4 800 → 8 227 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications150 300 Rp icon.png
241 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 400 Ge icon.png
Crew training140 000 Sl icon.png
Experts490 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 000 Ge icon.png
Research Aces890 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 130 / 170 % Sl icon.png
214 / 214 / 214 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tires
Research:
8 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods new car suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
8 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
8 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
2 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
2 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement uk.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
Mods engine smoke screen system.png
ESS
Research:
8 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
8 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Research:
8 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods night vision device.png
NVD
Research:
8 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods airstrike.png
Airstrike
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
Mods scouting.png
Improved optics
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support
Research:
8 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods tank laser rangefinder.png
Laser rangefinder
Research:
8 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Laser rangefinder
Reduces the error and increases the maximum measurable distance of the rangefinder
Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Main armament

Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition48 rounds
First-order10 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
8.7 → 6.7 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 20°
Main article: GT-4 (76 mm)

The Rooikat Mk.1D is armed with the Denel 76 mm GT-4 cannon. As far as game-play goes, it is essentially a hand-loaded version of the OTO-Melara 76 mm/62 gun found on the OTOMATIC. It fires the same APFSDS and has HE with similar performance to the shell found on the OTOMATIC, albeit not VT-fused and thus far less useful. Its APFSDS has the ability to frontally penetrate any opponent in its battle-rating bracket, although the odd Maus may be troublesome, particularly if it is angled.

It has a base 8.7 second reload, which can be reduced to 6.7s through a fully trained and aced crew. Unfortunately this reload is exactly as long as the reload on 105mm armed vehicles it may face in its battle-rating bracket such as the Leopard series, OF-40 series, Centauro, and AMX-30 series. It also has the somewhat questionable accuracy of the OTO-Melara 76 mm, so do not be surprised if its shots aren't pinpoint, though this matters more for shooting down the odd helicopter than for tanks. It gets access to a laser rangefinder to make long range shots easier which is useful on large maps like Sinai. It has decent turret traverse and good firing angles, so its quite flexible in terms of positioning.

76 mm GT-4 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 48 -10°/+20° ±180° Two-plane 38.1 52.7 64.0 70.8 75.3 8.71 7.70 7.10 6.70
Realistic 23.8 28.0 34.0 37.6 40.0

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
76/62 APFSDS APFSDS 311 308 301 291 281 271
76/62 HE HE 14 14 14 14 14 14
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
76/62 APFSDS APFSDS 1,615 2.18 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°
76/62 HE HE 915 6.3 0 0.1 969.12 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Rooikat Mk.1D
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
48 46 (+2) 37 (+11) 29 (+19) 19 (+29) 11 (+37) (+47) Yes

Notes:

  • Shells are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.
  • Rack 6 is a first stage ammo rack. It totals 10 shells and gets filled first when loading up the tank.
    • This rack is also emptied early: the rack depletion order at full capacity is: 6 - 1 - 2 - etc. until 5.
    • Simply not firing when the gun is loaded will move ammo from racks 1-5 into rack 6. Firing will interrupt the restocking of the ready racks.
  • The visual discrepancy concerns the total number of shells as well as the number of shells per rack:
    • 49 shells are modeled but you can pack only 48 shells.
    • Rack 1 is modeled as 4 shells but contains only 3 shells.

Machine guns

Ammunition3 600 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate500 shots/min
7.62 mm Browning MG4
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 3,600 (250) 500 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The Rooikat Mk.1D should be played either as long range support (with the help of the scouting mechanic) or in quick flanking manoeuvres. As a wheeled vehicle, the mobility is excellent and allows the Rooikat to get to ambush or sniping spots very quickly before the slower and heavier opponents show up. Although the gun penetrates far above its weight for its calibre, the post-penetration damage leaves something to be desired and can punish careless point-and-click targeting. Drivers of the Rooikat must take this in mind and put extra thought on where on a target they should aim, as its rather long reload does not leave room for error with such limited post-pen damage. If a player decides to snipe with the Rooikat, they should adopt a "shoot-and-scoot" strategy: shoot an opponent, fall back behind cover and relocate to a new firing spot to avoid retaliation. An opponent returning fire will most likely not have any issues taking you out within 1 or 2 shots.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • One of the fastest ground vehicles in-game (120 km/h in RB), even with stock modules it can often drive off-road as fast as an upgraded BMP-2
  • Access to APFSDS rounds
  • Sides and front can stop .50 cals at slight angle or at 100+ metres
  • Laser Rangefinder
  • Very good reverse speed at -43 km/h
  • Has good zoom variety for a light tank, having X8-12 zoom compared to usual X7-8 of light tanks at the rank

Cons:

  • Despite the indicated top speed, the vehicle will rarely get to 100+ km/h
  • Not as good at reversing as other British light tanks or the Object 906
  • Weak armour overall, unlike Warrior it will succumb to any autocannon fire instantly
  • Vehicle will not be able to stabilise the gun at speeds of 75+ km/h (46.6+ mph)
  • The 76/62 APFSDS has very punctual post-pen damage. It's not uncommon to take 3+ rounds to finish a target off
  • Reload rate is rather average - mediocre when taking into account the lackluster sabot damage
  • Has a rather large turning circle, so turning around in confined areas may require 3-point turns.

History

Devblog

During the mid 1970s, the South African armed forces issued a specification which kickstarted the development of the "New Generation Armoured Car" project. The aim of the project, as the name suggests, was the development of a new heavy armoured car that would replace dated existing designs in the near future.

First test beds were developed in the late 1970s, intended to primarily trial various designs for mobility. At the same time, South Africa was involved in some local conflicts with the neighbouring state of Angola during the mid '70s - mid '80s, further shaping the development of the ongoing project.

In the early 1980s, having sought knowledge and expertise from German engineers, several prototype designs were built and tested. Among them, the eight-wheeled 'Cheetah Mk.2' armed with a 76 mm gun was selected as the winner and was subsequently procured by the South African army. Small scale production began in the late 1980s, with the Cheetah Mk.2 officially receiving the name 'Rooikat' after entering service. Following initial limited production runs, mass production commenced in mid 1990, which led to a total of over 240 Rooikats being produced.

In the early 2000s, the Rooikat 76 Mk.1D was developed under a modernisation program, becoming the most modern modification of the vehicle. The upgrade introduced several smaller improvements, such as improved commander optics and number of smoke launchers as well as others. Over 170 Rooikat 76 Mk.1Ds serve with the South African army today.

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See also

Vehicles equipped with the same chassis
Other vehicles of similar configuration and role

External links


Britain light tanks
Armoured cars  Daimler Mk II · AEC Mk II
A13  A13 Mk I · A13 Mk I (3rd R.T.R.) · A13 Mk II · A13 Mk II 1939
A15  Crusader II · Crusader "The Saint" · Crusader III
A17  Tetrarch I
Post war  Warrior · VFM5
  Foreign
USA  Stuart I · Stuart III
South Africa  SARC MkVI (2pdr) · SARC MkVI (6pdr) · Concept 3 · Eland 90 Mk.7 · Ratel 20 · Ratel 90 · Rooikat Mk.1D · Rooikat 105 · Rooikat MTTD