Rooikat Mk.1D

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Rooikat Mk.1D
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
84 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
25 / 25 / 20Hull
25 / 25 / 15Turret
26.5 tWeight
1082 hp567 hpEngine power
40.8 hp/t21.4 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
134 km/h forward
49 km/h back
121 km/h forward
44 km/h back
76 mm GT-4 cannonMain weapon
48 roundsAmmunition
10 roundsFirst-order
6.7 / 8.7 sReload
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
7.62 mm Browning MG4 machine gunCoaxial weapon
3600 roundsAmmunition
8 / 10.4 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minFire rate
250000 Rp icon.pngResearch
690000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3500 / 5998/3700 / 6341/2810 / 4816Repair
200000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
690000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2100 Ge icon.pngAces
226 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
150 % Sl icon.png130 % Sl icon.png100 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage Rooikat Mk.1D.jpg

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

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Write about the mobility of the ground vehicle. Estimate the specific power and manoeuvrability, as well as the maximum speed forwards and backwards.

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 _,___ 1082 __.__ 40.83
Realistic 121 44 _,___ 567 __.__ 21.4


Main armament

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Machine guns

Offensive and anti-aircraft machine guns not only allow you to fight some aircraft but also are effective against lightly armoured vehicles. Evaluate machine guns and give recommendations on its use.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Currently the fastest vehicle 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
  • Able to hull-break light tanks with the APFSDS round
  • One of the only British scout tanks, along with the Warrior
  • Sides and front can stop .50 cals at slight angle or at 100+ metres
  • Cheap to repair, Sl icon.png 3,600 stock, Sl icon.png 6,161 spaded
  • Has a laser rangefinder that can measure up to 4,260 m
  • Very good reverse speed at -43 km/h
  • Has good zoom for its optics (8.0x - 12.0x)


  • 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)


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See also

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External links

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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 Mk I
Post war  Warrior
Foreign  Stuart I (USA) · Stuart III (USA) · Rooikat Mk.1D (South Africa)