RAMTA RBY Mk.1 (TOW)

Would you like to see the RBY Mk.1 (TOW) ingame?
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This suggestion was originally submitted in 2022 on the old forum

RAMTA RBY Mk.1 (TOW)

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The RAMTA RBY Mk.1 was also trialed with a TOW missile.

History

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Standard RBY in Israeli service

The RAMTA RBY Mk.1 is a light armored reconnaissance vehicle manufactured in Israel by RAMTA (a division of Israeli Aviation industries). Development of the vehicle began in the early 1970s with the aim of making a reconaissance vehicle with a low profile and good visibility, light enough to be transported by aircraft and helicopters, and capable of protecting its crew from landmines and nearby explosions.

The RBY Mk.1 was revealed to the public at the 1975 Paris Air Show. Soon after the vehicle entered service with the IAF, and later was exported in small quantities to Venezuela, Honduras, Guatemala and Lesotho. The vehicle was further refined into the RAM family of vehicles, which succeeded it in the export market past 1979.

General Characteristics

The hull features 8mm of all-around steel armour and 10mm of floor armour (plain carbon steel), with an open troop compartment. To protect its passengers from landmines, the wheel axles are situated on the extreme ends of the vehicle; this way, a landmine explosion might damage the wheel and fiberglass mudguard, but not the crew compartment. The vehicle has a crew of 2, plus 6 passengers in outward-facing seats; the crew enters the vehicle by climbing over the sides into the troop compartment. The front cabin is provided with four observation hatches and a folding windshield.

The RBY features a rear-mounted Chrysler 225-2 petrol engine with 120 HP and a manual 4-speed transmission mated to a 2-speed transfer case, with a 4x4 drivetrain. Suspension is provided by two rigid axles with leaf springs and hydraulic shock absorbers. On its basic APC configuration the vehicle can mount up to 5 12.7 or 7.62mm machine guns.

Armament

This variant is equipped with a telescopic TOW launcher and a LMG. The same launcher was later installed on the RAM V-1. Reportedly stores 16* ATGMs and 2500 7.62 rounds.

*(This number seems too high for the size of the vehicle)

Images

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Images from: commons.wikimedia.org, fresh.co.il, www.loutan.net, bukvoed.livejournal.com

This variant isn’t reported to be in service

Specifications (base vehicle)


Taken from Janes Light Tanks And Armored Cars (1984)

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RBY in Lebanon, 1991

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Interior

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Engine

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Live axles and suspension

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RBY being loaded onto a CH-53. Worth noting this chassis looks identical to the second Mk.1 AT picture

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Modified Guatemalan RBY with Kevlar roof and V-8 engine.

Why should it be added? The israeli tree is severely lacking on both light and original vehicles. The RBY Mk.1 AT and the other variants of the family can help fill that gap.

Sources

Janes Light Tanks And Armored Cars (1984)

https://army-guide.com/eng/product945.html
RAMTA RBY Mk 1 light armoured reconnaissance vehicle (Israel) - Jane's Armour and Artillery

Israel should have it.What a wonderfull suggestion.

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Definitely would’ve been a better addition compared to the Giraf, it is faster, smaller, and can carry more TOWs.

+1

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TOWs are incredibly small and easy to store, just look at the 10 TOWs stored in a corner of the M3 Bradley. Well, the giver of the carrying capacity is Jane’s so I’d take that number with a grain of salt, but it’s not completely out of the question.

Not impossible but still a lot for a vehicle this size.
The same number is also given for the M40 variant with smaller ammunition, which makes it sound like the two got confused at some point. Either way I don’t know for sure.

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Yup, Jane’s isn’t the most reliable source ever.