Rooikat 105: The Cat With Bigger Claws
The Rooikat 105 is a further development of the South African Rooikat armored fighting vehicle, developed in the mid 1990s with the intention of upgunning the design’s base model. Soon, War Thunder tankers will have the chance to add this South African gem to their in-game collection, following its arrival with update 1.97!
Briefly: An upgunned version of the Rooikat AFV, featuring improved firepower thanks to the presence of a larger 105mm main gun.
Rooikat 105, tank destroyer, premium, Britain, rank VI
- Perfect combination of mobility and firepower
- Thermal vision
- Premium bonuses
- Lightly protected
- Rooikat 105 tank (Rank 6 Great Britain) - available after 1.97 update;
- Premium account for 15 days;
- 2000 Golden Eagles;
- Pre-order bonus: unique "Caracal" decal;
- Pre-order bonus: unique “Iron Claw” title.
After the Rooikat 76 entered production in the early 1990s, South African engineers continued developing the vehicle in an effort to further expand upon its capabilities. As such, the engineers decided to, among other minor changes and improvements, fit the Rooikat with a larger 105mm cannon, thus creating the Rooikat 105 in the process.
Development of the Rooikat 105 was completed in 1994 and a single prototype was built. However, after demonstrating the vehicle to the SANDF, the military decided not to procure the improved version of the Rooikat, given that they were already more than content with the base model of the vehicle.
As a result, the Rooikat 105 was subsequently offered on the export market in an effort to secure orders for the vehicles. However, despite its 105mm cannon and compatibility with most NATO rounds, the Rooikat 105 failed to attract the interest of any potential foreign customers. In the end, only a single prototype of the Rooikat 105 was constructed, with the vehicle never entering production due to lacking demand.
In War Thunder, the Rooikat 105 will be a new rank VI premium vehicle, available for purchase to British tankers, following the release of the upcoming major update 1.97. Being in essence a response to tankers who weren’t impressed enough by the standard Rooikat 76, the Rooikat 105 takes all the qualities from its predecessor and combines them with a larger and punchier 105mm cannon, while earning your more rewards for each action in combat thanks to its premium status!
As already mentioned, the most notable difference of the Rooikat 105 as opposed to the Rooikat 76, which tankers had a chance to familiarize themselves with since the release of the previous update, is its larger 105mm GT-7 cannon. Comparable in ballistics to some of the other nations’ counterparts, the GT-7 is capable of firing most of the common 105mm NATO rounds, ranging from various sub-caliber to chemical rounds.
However, all these upgrades do come at somewhat of a price, unsurprisingly. For instance, due to the mounting of a larger gun and slightly increased dimensions of the hull, the Rooikat gained additional weight, while its power plant remained the same.
As a result, tankers won’t just have a bigger cannon to shoot with, but also a greatly expanded ammunition selection with the Rooikat 105, as opposed to its predecessor. Furthermore, aspiring owners of this machine may look forward to the addition of thermal imaging sights on the Rooikat 105, which will make target acquisition in both day and night-time conditions easier and will open up more tactical options in combat.