iKlwa (20)

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Introduction:
During the 2006 African Aerospace and Defence expo (AAD), BAE Land Systems OMC unveiled the iKlwa. fitted with the unmanned turret developed by South African defence firm IST dynamics which formed part of BAE Land Systems OMC at the time. The iKlwa was promoted as an upgrade for the Ratel which featured a new powerpack and modified hull. The new engine which is fitted to the iKlwa is the turbocharged Cummins ISL, mounted towards the front left providing more room for the troops and increased performance. The hull of the iKlwa featured a new hydraulicly operated rear door which allowed troops to enter the vehicle from the rear. The SANDF (South African National Defence Force) would hover not adopted the iKlwa due to Badger already being selected under project “Project Hoefyster” to replace the Ratel. The iKlwa would continue to make appearances at AAD events being fitted with a variety of manned and unmanned turrets. For this forum post we will focus on the iKlwa fitted with the Ratel 20 turret which features the GI-2 20mm cannon. As with the Ratel 20 in War Thunder the iKlwa can also be equipped with a MILAN ATGM since it makes use of the same turret.

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Specifications:

Main Armament: one GI-2 (20 mm), Milan ATGM

Shell types: HVAP-T, HEF-I

Ammunition amount (20mm): 1,200 rounds

Secondary armament: two 7.62mm MG4 BMG

Elevation range: -8°/+38°

Transmission: RENK HSV106 (6-speed automatic)

Engine: Cummins ISL turbocharged

Horsepower: 450hp (336kW)

Top speed: 110km/h

Crew: 3 (commander, gunner, driver)

Smoke grenades: four (two each side of the turret)

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Primary Sources:

Denel OMC (iKlwa) brochure: http://admin.denel.co.za/uploads/2eb4c7a6a5c9807c41f60851b800d4d1.pdf

Ratel “The Making of a Legend” Volume 1, written by Roland De Vries, Jan Ehlert, William Haddad, Johan Nel, Tony Savides (Page 522-524)

Secondary sources:

Military-Today: http://www.military-today.com/apc/iklwa.htm

Tank Encyclopedia: Ratel - Tank Encyclopedia

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