Early Mine-IED Resistant Armored Vehicles

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  1. Pathfinder

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    Rhodesian Leopard

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    Rhodesian Pookie

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    Rhodesian Cougar

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    Rhodesian PIG

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    Kudu

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    Rhodesian Hot Lips

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    A truck converted into an MRAP

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    I think this is called the shark:
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    South African Buffel

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    Buffel Variants

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    South African Casspir


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    Technofox That Norwegian girl Staff Member Ret. Military Developer

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    Say what you want about the brutal politics of South Africa in the 70s and Rhodesia/Zimbabwe since... well, always, but these nations (and unrecognized state) are trendsetters that push even the US. South Africa retains one of the world's most innovative defense industries, but that makes sense given the history of domestic and regional strife Southern Africa has faced.

    Some of the early designs, like this Hippo APC, are horribly ugly though. The chassis looks conventional, but the troop compartment has all you'd want in a modern MRAP... except a roof.

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    Lol i wonder why it doesn't have a roof, probably a weight issue. Or it has a sheet that can just go over the top. Amazing how innovative the designs are. Have they ever developed their own tanks?
     
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    Sort of. They took the basic Centurion, a product of the UK:
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    And radically redesigned it, with the help of Israel, into the Olifant Mk1B:
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    Which itself led to the Olifant Mk2, which entered service in 2007:
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    Indigenous armored designs include Ratel 90:
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    And Rooikat K9:
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    Which are both infantry support vehicles.
     
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    Their FireForce tactic was deadly, ''twas how airborne and heliborne troops should be used.

    It's amazing what they pulled off with so little resources.



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    Wow I didn't know about the Olifant Mk.II. The Ratel and Rooikats were important developments for COIN, not only the vehicles themselves but the vision behind them. Quick, high survivability, maximum firepower, and high mobility.

    An old video on the Rooikat::0::



    Nice find, the video and maps give a good understanding of Fire Force. I wouldn't be surprised if modern airborne attacks are carried out in a similar fashion.
     
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    Rhodesian MRAP Rail Car

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