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    [FONT=Verdana]South African troops serving with UNAMID celebrate their national Women's Day in Kutum (North Darfur). 8th August 2011[/FONT]









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    Interesting FB page to all those SADF vets and anyone interested,lots of pics and info.http://www.facebook.com/groups/grens...group_activity

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtK View Post
    Can anyone tell what vehicle this is? Found it on a SADF related site.
    This is an Sesspir. It was used with 101 Bn. Callsign 17. Was with Bravo coy. Had an Hispano 20mm cannon flanked by 2 x .30 brownings. Photo taken by me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swan101 View Post
    This is an Sesspir. It was used with 101 Bn. Callsign 17. Was with Bravo coy. Had an Hispano 20mm cannon flanked by 2 x .30 brownings. Photo taken by me
    Interesting. Welcome aboard.

    Do you know how many were built?
    What was the reason behind it, and what did it perform like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilhelm View Post
    Interesting. Welcome aboard.

    Do you know how many were built?
    What was the reason behind it, and what did it perform like?
    I am not sure how many were done, it was a basic Casspir with the extended nose. The nose was taken off later as it didn't work out as planned. the idea was to ride in front of the convoy and detonate the mines. Then the front axle could be retracted by a winch. What would happen was the 3rd or 4th vehicle in the covoy would hit the mine. The Sesspir was also heavy on engines and would get stuck in the mud more often. The front differetial also suffered later. But this was a mean machine. I think if the front axle was replaced with a differetial, then it may have worked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swan101 View Post
    I am not sure how many were done, it was a basic Casspir with the extended nose. The nose was taken off later as it didn't work out as planned. the idea was to ride in front of the convoy and detonate the mines. Then the front axle could be retracted by a winch. What would happen was the 3rd or 4th vehicle in the covoy would hit the mine. The Sesspir was also heavy on engines and would get stuck in the mud more often. The front differetial also suffered later. But this was a mean machine. I think if the front axle was replaced with a differetial, then it may have worked.
    Thanks for that.

    Below is a link that you may find interesting. It is about various SADF prototype and specialist vehicles.
    You will have to register to see the pictures, but it is free, easy and well worth it. Probably the best such discussion on the net.
    There are a couple of Sesspir pictures in the thread, so it would be good if you commented on there due to you actually having seen or been in the vehicle.


    http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/foru...ic,9088.0.html

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    I took this pic this morning.

    [IMG]http://i1079.photobucket.com/albums/w506/Living********/Ratellogb.jpg[/IMG]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dinges View Post
    I took this pic this morning.
    What are we looking at Dinges? A Ratel based mobile workshop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cpl Kat View Post
    What are we looking at Dinges? A Ratel based mobile workshop?
    That is the 8x8 Ratel Log of myth.

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    My-my, are there plans in order to maybe resurrect this vehicle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boertjie01 View Post
    My-my, are there plans in order to maybe resurrect this vehicle?
    I highly doubt it. It never left experimental testing IIRC. I understand it is to be restored cosmetically , but that info is severely watered down.

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    So a few weeks back I went to the middle of nowhere to watch the Air Force blow things up. Here are some pictures of said weapons-display!




    Hawk Strafing Run (target was 1km out)


    Rooivalk 70mm rocket attack


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    Epic photos Reno! That shot of three Oryx helicopters firing flares simultaneously is especially awesome, as far as I know it may be the first time they've done that for a demo.

    I still love the sound of the Hawk's cannon, it's very distinct and quite different to what I expected it would sound like.

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    Thanks

    You can't see, but there's actually another Oryx and Rooivalk behind that one dumping flares as well. Definitely quite a show!

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    So that's what they mean by 'active camouflage'?

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