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Rooikat 76
Rooikat 76
Details
Tier / Class:
5 AFV
Nation:
South Africa
Dealer:
Oscar Faraday
Reputation:
5
Cost:
1,920,000
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
230
DPM:
4,429
Penetration:
340 mm
Hit Points:
1,900
Hull F/S/R:
55 / 25 / 10
Turret F/S/R:
280 / 30 / 55
Max Speed:
122.64 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
4.46 s
Hull Traverse:
69.10 deg/s
Camouflage:
33%
Vision:
440 m
Accuracy (Spread):
0.125°
Max Cannon Depression:
-10 / -1°
Turret Traverse Speed:
51.50 deg/s

The Rooikat 76 is a tier 5 AFV originating from South Africa, and is sold by Oscar Faraday. It can be unlocked by fulfilling the Damage requirement with a Tier 5+ Light Tank either in PvP (75.000 Damage), GLOPS (300.000 Damage) or PvE (600.000 Damage), it does not unlock another Tank, but can unlock 3x Platiunum Supply Crate

Features[]

  • Subtle movement: moving on a low speed doesn't reduce your camouflage factor.
  • Designated target: vehicle has the ability to designate targets that are within line of sight and vision range. Designated targets are called out, and take increased damage.

Player Recommendations[]

Despite looking like a wheeled TD/AFV hybrid, the Rookat has very good handling and maneuverability characteristics, handling almost like a tracked vehicle. It handles well in reverse too.

It has low damage per shot, and there are no upgrades for stock ammo. In PvP/Glops It needs to remain hidden to apply any serious damage due to low alpha. In PvE however, its relentless rate of fire can result in causing large amounts of damage over a match, and even running out of ammo. It has reasonable turret armor, enough to repel autocannons.

Almost all upgrades are geared to camo, view range and spotting.

Pros and Cons[]

Pros[]

  • Very Fast top-speed
  • Very maneuverable, handles almost like a tracked vehicle.
  • Decent frontal turret armor
  • Close to 3 second reload compensates somewhat for low shell damage.
  • Good camo
  • Can Unlock Platinum Crates

Cons[]

  • Huge target
  • Sluggish accleration to Topspeed (34.37s on Stock)
  • No hull Armor
  • Poor Gun, Less Damage, DPM and Penetration than other Tier 5
  • No Upgrade for Ammo
  • No Engine Upgrades

Upgrade Suggestions[]

Retrofit Suggestions[]

Commander and Crew Skill Suggestions[]

Armor[]

Rooikat 76 Stock Armor
Reputation Cost Credits Hull Armor (F/S/R) Hull Composition Turret Armor (F/S/R) Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
Stock Stock 55 / 25 / 10 Steel 280 / 30 / 55 Steel
The Rooikat was developed primarily to counter irregular forces so its steel armor is only designed to provide protection from 7.62 rounds and small arms fire.


Firepower[]

76mm Denel GT-4 Cannon
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Area of effect Penetration Velocity Accuracy (Fully Aimed) Reload Time Shells in Magazine Reload within Magazine Burst Fire Rate
76mm APFSDS AP Stock 230 0m 340mm 1,500m/s 0.13° 3.24s 1 {{{reloadm}}}s 18.5rd/min
76mm HE Rounds HE Stock 230 0.5m 25mm 960m/s 0.14° 3.24s 1 {{{reloadm}}}s 18.5rd/min



Mobility[]

Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
563 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 120 km/h {{{reverse}}} 4.46s {{{0-max}}} 69.1deg/s {{{firechance}}}


Upgrades[]

Upgrades
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
Spall Liner 6,765 64,000 Increases vehicle HP by 150.


GALIX 17 Smoke Grenades 8,200 76,800 Provides 8 volleys. Magazine capacity: 2 rounds. Takes 6 s to reload. Duration: 10 s. Magazine reload time: 80 s


Improved Fire Control System 16,200 153,600 Reduces Aim Time by 20%


Day/Night System 12,854 121,600 Increases the view range of the vehicle by 10 meters.


Improved Thermal Sight 6,750 64,000 Ability to spot targets behind foliage improved by 30%


Improved Cooling System 10,824 102,400 Camouflage factor increased by 2% Enemy's Thermal Sight effectiveness reduced by 30%


Fire Supression System 2,700 25,600 Engine fire duration reduced by 23% Crew protection increased by 5%


Air Conditioning System 3,300 32,000 Crew stats increased by 2%.


Special Ability[]

Name Activation Time Duration Reload Time Ability Changes
Designate Target
Ability Designate.png
2 s 20 s 50 s The designated target remains visible and receives full damage. Component saving -10%
Crew saves -10%
Camouflage factor -100%



History[]

Class: Fire Support Vehicle
Developed: 1976-1988
Service: 1990+
Vehicles Built: 240
Operators: South Africa

The Rooikat ("Caracal" in Afrikkans) heavy armored car family came from the 1960s-1970s African bush warfare experience It is sometimes referred to as "wheeled tanks" but this is essentially incorrect. It was never designed to fulfill the role of a main battle tank and going up against one with such thin armor would be suicidal. On the other hand, the vehicle was supposed to cover large areas so a large operational radius was one of the main requirements (even at the cost of increasing the vehicle size to house additional fuel tanks). Size itself was not really an issue – the vehicle did not need to be stealthy because, on the dry plains of Africa, the biggest unmasking factor was the dust raised by vehicle movement, often visible for miles. On the other hand, the large size of the vehicle could actually be helpful in overcoming various obstacles.

Contrary to the western trend of the era, the South-African military did not insist on its new vehicle being amphibious as there was no point in that: the rivers in Africa were either completely dry or (during the rainy season) so wild that they could not be traversed anyway. One thing that was, however, very important to the South Africans was speed. The vehicle had to be able to pursue fleeing gun trucks and technicals and was therefore required to move with at least a speed of 100 km/h – this effectively meant that anything tracked was out of the question. Another advantage to the wheeled design was linked to the mines the potential enemies were using. A detracked vehicle is immediately immobilized, while an armored car with more than two wheels per side can keep on moving. As for the armament, the new vehicle was to be equipped with a 76mm to 105mm gun with powerful enough shells to knock out older armor and also to devastate various structures with high explosive shell fire.

The development process started in 1976 with three different vehicles (all using the 8x8 wheel configuration) and lasted for almost a decade. The first mass-produced Rooikats were built in 1989 and officially entered service in the South African army in 1990. Despite its age, the Rooikat remains an effective fighting vehicle practically to this day. It was offered for export in the early 1990s, but without success (the market was flooded at the time by cheap Soviet surplus). The Rooikat was therefore produced in significant numbers only for the South African military and its only combat use to this day is the 1998 South African intervention in Lesotho.

See also[]

External Links[]

https://aw.my.com/gb/news/general/development-rooikat

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