Mayibuye works Ratel engines

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Mayibuye Engineering (Pty) Ltd, trading as Fleetline Motors in Pretoria West, has been awarded further work, just shy of R1 million, to maintain and repair the engines of the Ratel Mk3 infantry combat vehicle.

The R964 912 contract is an extension of a R8.241 million workshare allocated in January.

Last week, Denel Land Systems Lyttelton was awarded a R6.874 million contract to repair Ratel Mk3 F2 20 mm cannon. The orders takes the known amount spent on keeping the Ratel Mk3 infantry combat vehicle product system operational with the South African Army to over R95 939 646.21 since 2007. The French-origin F2 is a quick firing, twin-feed, non-stabilised automatic cannon mounted in a two-person turret. It is rated as being able to fire 700-750rpm. Some 1200 rounds are carried. The expected barrel life is 16 000 rounds, with some components replaced every 4000 and 8000 rounds.

The Ratel has now been in service for 34 years. It is an indigenous design developed in the early 1970s to replace the Saracen armoured personnel carrier. The prototype was delivered in 1974 and the first production vehicle in 1976. The Mk2 entered production in 1979 and the Mk3 in 1988. The Mk3 fleet was upgraded in 2001 when about 70 modifications were made.

Writing in the Engineering News in October 2008, Keith Campbell described the development of the Ratel as follows: “This programme started in the early 1970s, when the South African Army evaluated four AFVs – the Unimog UR-416 from Germany, the French Panhard M3, the Brazilian Engesa Urutu, and a vehicle from local company Springfield Bussing, confusingly named Buffel” [confusingly, as this name was already being used for a mine-protected troop carrier].

Campbell added the three foreign designs were all armoured personnel carriers – “basically, armoured ‘battle taxis’, armed only with a machine gun, which carried troops into battle, at which point they had to disembark to fight”. He noted the SA Army decided to go with a new concept instead. Variously called the armoured infantry fighting vehicle (AIFV) or infantry combat vehicle (ICV), this was pioneered by the Soviet Army in the form of the BMP-1 and the West German Army in the shape of the Marder.
“An AIFV carries a powerful gun (20mm or 30mm) as well as a squad of troops, who have their own vision ports and firing ports, so that they can fight from within the vehicle,” Campbell wrote. “So, around 1975/1976, the South African Army decided to adopt an AIFV based on the Springfield Bussing vehicle. This became the Ratel (honey badger, in English), which was mass-produced by Sandock Austral. A monocoque design, the Ratel hulls were made in Sandock Austral’s Durban dockyard and taken by rail to Boksburg for fitting out. The turrets were based on those on the Eland armoured cars – the 20-mm gun turret of the standard Ratel IFV, for example, was a redesigned Eland 90 turret.

A whole family of Ratels was developed – command vehicles, fire support vehicles (with 90mm gun turrets taken from Eland), mortar vehicles (with 60mm breech-loading mortar turrets taken from Eland 60s), and, later, tank destroyers armed with Denel Dynamics ZT3 Ingwe antitank missiles, and mortar carriers with 81mm muzzle-loading mortars carried in what had been the troop compartment.

The Ratel is scheduled for partial replacement by the Badger, some 264 of which are slated for production under Project Hoefyster. The venerable vehicle serves with 1 SA Infantry Battalion at Bloemfontein, in the Free State, as well as 8 SAI Bn in Upington in the Northern Cape. Mechanised infantry Reserve Force units allocated the Ratel include 1st Bn, Regt de la Rey, Potchefstroom; 1st Bn, Regt Northern Transvaal, Pretoria; the Cape Town Highlanders, Cape Town; the Durban Light Infantry, Durban; Regt Westelike Provincie, Cape Town; and the Witwatersrand Rifles, Johannesburg. The vehicle is also used in the tank-destroyer role by 1 Special Service Battalion as well as by various units of the SA Artillery as command and observation post vehicles and by the SA Signals Corps, among others.

CHASSIS

Maintenance and repair of Ratel Mk3 engines – extension of EIVS/2010/330

IVS/S2011/1377 25 Aug 2011 R964 912,00 Mayibuye Engineering (Pty) Ltd

Supply of A&E class spares for Ratel MK3 vehicles – extension of EIVS/2010/412

IVS/S2011/1367 14 Jul 2011 R105 431,20 BAE Systems – Land Systems

Maintenance and repair of Ratel Mk3 vehicles – extension of EIVS/2008/502

IVS/S2011/1300 26 May 2011 R7 891 905,91 Jorsin the Group CC

IVS/S2010/1211 14 Oct 2010 R804 764,00 Jorsin the Group CC Wadeville

IVS/S2010/1161 6 Oct 2010 R1 609 528,00 Jorsin the Group CC Wadeville

IVS/S2009/0991 22 Oct 2009 R2 543 858,91 Jorsin the Group CC Wadeville

Maintenance and repair of Ratel Mk3 transmission HSV106 mechanical

EIVS/2010/490 26 May 2011 R3 625 836,00 BAE Systems – Land Systems

Maintenance and repair of Ratel MK3 dropdown gearboxes

EIVS/2010/489 26 May 2011 R380 411,10 BAE Systems – Land Systems

Supply of A and E class spares for Ratel MK3 vehicles

EIVS/2010/412 26 May 2011 R6 270 741,20 BAE Systems – Land Systems

Maintenance and repair of Hull equipment for the Ratel MK3

EIVS/2010/482 19 May 2011 R486 398,56 Contracts Logistics Equipment

Supply, preparation, preservation, packaging, marking and delivery of fuel cap fillers for the Ratel MK3

EIVS/2010/474 21 Apr 2011 R437 200,00 Jorsin the Group CC

Supply of maintenance kits for Ratel MK3 vehicles

EIVS/2010/353 24 Feb 2011 R1 157 335,50 Fossil Asset Management

Maintenance and repair of Ratel Mk3 engines

EIVS/2010/330 20 Jan 2011 R8 241 426,96 Mayibuye Engineering (Pty) Ltd
t/a Fleetline Motors

Supply of opening tank fuel cap fillers for the Ratel products system

EIVS/2010/271 11 Nov 2010 R437 200,00 Jorsin the Group CC Wadeville

Wadeville

Maintenance and repair of Ratel Mk3 components

EIVS/2010/268 11 Nov 2010 R176 260,50 Jorsin the Group CC Wadeville

Supply A&E class spares for the Ratel Mk3 product system

EIVS/2009/554 8 Oct 2010 R4 755 895,14 BAE Systems

Maintenance and repair of Ratel MK3 vehicles – extension of EIVS/2008/502

IVS/S2010/1161 6 Oct 2010 R1 609 528,00 Jorsin the Group CC Wadeville

Supply of Ratel MK3 vehicle maintenance kits

EIVS/2010/153 2 Sep 2010 R769 959,00 Contracts Logistics Equipment
t/a Valfrira Motor Engineering

Import of Ratel MK3, 20 mm ICV, logistic support analysis requirement onto Calmis – extension of EIVS/2009/227

IVS/S2010/1145 2 Sep 2010 R504 108,00 BAE Systems

Maintenance and repair of Ratel Mk3 Ground Based Air Defence Systems vehicles

EIVS/2010/32 15 Jul 2010 R1 400 000,00 BAE Systems

Maintenance and repair of Ratel Mk3 components – extension of EIVS/2008/503

IVS/S2010/1100 1 Jul 2010 R1 374 053,00 BAE Systems

Repair and maintenance of Ratel MK3 basic engine

EIVS/2009/355 4 Feb 2010 R4 280 159,07 VME Engineering (Pty) Ltd

Supply and delivery of fuel cap and chain assembly for the Ratel MK3 – extension of EIVS/2009/98

IVS/S2009/0996 10 Dec 2009 R35 400,00 BAE Systems

Supply of A & E class spares for Ratel Mk3 product system – extension of EIVS/2008/549

IVS/S2009/0918 6 Aug 2009 R3 610 387,46 BAE Systems

Maintenance and repair of Ratel Mk3 products system

EIVS/2008/502 5 Aug 2009 R8 861 283,00 Jorsin the Group CC

Procurement of E-class spares for the Ratel product system

EIVS/2009/98 5 Aug 2009 R393 345,00 BAE Systems

Repair of Ratel Mk3 turret spares and components

EIVS/2008/553 12 Jun 2009 R1 169 705,00 BAE Systems

Maintenance and repair of Ratel Mk3 Ground Based Air Defence System – extension of EMFT/2005/315

IVS/S2009/0936 25 Jun 2009 R300 000,00 BAE Systems

Depot level repair of Ratel Mk3 A-class vehicle spares and components

EIVS/2008/503 21 May 2009 R4 414 058,00 BAE Systems

Supply A and E class spares for the Ratel product system

EIVS/2008/549 16 Apr 2009 R1 779 880,80 Denel Land Systems

Staff support in support of products systems management functions – Ratel MK3 to product systems management

EIVS/2008/192 2 Oct 2008 R1 942 467,50 Armscor Business (Pty) Ltd
t/a Defence Institute

Staff support in support of product system management functions for Ratel vehicles – extension of EIVS/2007/58

IVS/S2008/0764 28 Aug 2008 R8 500,00 Armscor Defence Institutes (Pty) Ltd
t/a Defence Decision Support Institute

Systems engineering services for the Ratel infantry combat vehicle system

EIVS/2008/102 28 Aug 2008 R793 925,00 BAE Systems

Supply of spares for Ratel Mk3 A-class items – extension of EIVS/2006/527

IVS/S2008/0753 21 Aug 2008 R170 204,00 BAE Systems

Procurement of voltage regulators for Ratel Mk3

EIVS/2008/72 14 Aug 2008 R194 040,00 BAE Systems

Repair and maintenance of Ratel MK 3 fleet – extension of EMFT/2006/363

IVS/S2008/0704 26 Jun 2008 R387 000,00 Jorsin Midas Herbouers Booyens

IVS/S2007/0624 25 Jan 2008 R877 192,00 Jorsin Midas Herbouers Booyens

IVS/S2007/0554 26 Jul 2007 R701 754,00 Jorsin Midas Herbouers Booyens

Procurement of A & E Class spares and equipment for the Ratel product system

EIVS/2007/505 13 Mar 2008 R3 301 097,13 BAE Systems

Repair of Ratel Mk3 equipment and accessories set for the Ratel products system

EIVS/2007/509 13 Mar 2008 R2 475 513,88 Contracts Logistics Equipment

Maintenance and repair of Ratel products system for the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 financial years

EIVS/2007/377 14 Feb 2008 R9 032 149,23 Jorsin the Group CC

Repair and maintenance of Ratel Mk3 fleet

EIVS/2006/363 24 Oct 2007 R1 719 297,00 Jorsin Midas Herbouers (Pty) Ltd

Continuation of staff support in support of products systems management functions – Ratel Mk3

EIVS/2007/58 24 Oct 2007 R239 644,50 Armscor Defence Institutes (Pty) Ltd
t/a Defence Decision Support Institute

Supply and repair of Ratel MK 3 platform spares

EIVS/2006/527 27 Sep 2007 R2 605 794,37 BAE Systems

Repair of ETS sets for Ratel Mk3

EMFT/2006/353 31 May 2007 R2 553 002,23 Contracts Logistics Equipment

Repair of Ratel dropdown gearboxes

EIVS/2006/361 28 Mar 2007 R259 910,52 BAE Systems

Supply of Ratel manufacturing spares

EMFT/2006/283 17 Jan 2007 R112 168,60 Contracts Logistics Equipment

TTS Electronics

WEAPONS SYSTEMS

Repair, prepare, preserve, pack, mark and deliver Ratel MK3 20 mm guns

EIVS/2011/23 18 Aug 2011 R6 874 389,60 Denel (Pty) Ltd
t/a Denel Land Systems:

Repair of Ratel MK3 20 mm gun 8000 round service kits

EIVS/2011/22 4 Aug 2011 R424 699,00 Denel t/a Denel Land Systems

Supply of Ratel Mk3 20 mm automatic guns and 90 mm turret items

EIVS/2010/410 26 May 2011 R3 001 285,50 Denel t/a Denel Land Systems

Maintenance and repair of Ratel Mk3 20 mm guns and components – extension of EIVS/2010/25

IVS/S2010/1221 18 Nov 2010 R1 067 392,80 Denel Land Systems: Lyttelton

Maintenance and repair of Ratel Mk3 20 mm guns and components

EIVS/2010/25 21 Jul 2010 R1 067 392,80 Denel Land Systems: Lyttelton

Depot level repair of Ratel Mk3 20 mm gun and components

EIVS/2008/459 14 May 2009 R231 502,20 Denel Land Systems: Lyttelton

Supply of gun automatic 20 mm G12 (F2) and gun 90 mm GT2 for the Ratel products system

EIVS/2008/416 16 Apr 2009 R494 271,95 Denel Land Systems: Lyttelton

Depot level repair of Ratel MK3 optical equipment

EIVS/2008/457 18 Mar 2009 R712 880,00 Spektrum Logistieke Ondersteuningsdienste

Supply A and E class spares for the Ratel product system

EIVS/2008/549 16 Apr 2009 R1 779 880,80 Denel Land Systems: Lyttelton

Maintenance and repair of 12 guns automatic 20 mm G12 (F2) for the Ratel products system

EIVS/2007/500 6 Mar 2008 R613 752,00 Denel Land Systems: Lyttelton

Supply and repair of Ratel Mk 3 weapon spares



EIVS/2006/526 13 Jun 2007 R2 006 161,40 Denel Land Systems: Lyttelton