Rooikat Mk.1D

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Rank 2, Sweden
"The Swedish revolver": SAV 20.12.48
Rooikat Mk.1D
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
84 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
25 / 25 / 20Hull
25 / 25 / 15Turret
26.5 tWeight
1 082 hp567 hpEngine power
41 hp/t21 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
133 km/h forward
48 km/h back
120 km/h forward
43 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
3 600 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minFire rate
220 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
580 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png5 270 / 9 032/3 600 / 6 170/2 500 / 4 284Repair
170 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
580 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 100 Ge icon.pngAces
220 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
150 % Sl icon.png140 % Sl icon.png110 % 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

Armor on the Rooikat is, to say the least, nonexistent. You will be safe from rifle caliber MGs from all angles, but 12.7mm and above will be able to penetrate your sides at close ranges. Cannon armed aircraft will also be a significant threat. This vehicle also has hullbreak, so any main gun will probably kill you instantly. Therefore, your key to survival is mobility. It also comes stock with a desert yellow camouflage, which can be problematic on certain maps.


The mobility on the Rooikat 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

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 133 48 26.5 879 1,082 33.17 40.83
Realistic 120 43 501 567 18.91 21.4


Main armament

The Rooikat is armed with the Denel 76mm GT-4 cannon. As far as game-play goes, its essentially a hand loaded version of the OTO-Melara 76mm/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. It's APFSDS has the ability to frontally penetrate any opponent in its bracket, although the odd Maus may be troublesome particularly if angled. It has a base 8.7s 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 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 76mm, 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.

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Machine guns

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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)
  • Has a rather large turning circle, so turning around in confined areas may require 3-point turns.


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The Shooting Range #179 - Metal Beasts section at 00:30 discusses the Rooikat Mk.1D.

See also

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  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
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External links

Britain light tanks
Armoured cars  Daimler AC Mk.II · AEC Mk.II
A13  A13 Mk I · A13 Mk.I (3rd RTR) · A13 Mk II · A13 Mk II 1939
A15  Crusader Mk II · Crusader Mk III
A17  Tetrarch Mk I
Post war  Warrior
Foreign  Stuart I (USA) · Stuart III (USA) · Rooikat Mk.1D (South Africa)