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The South African designed and manufactured Rooivalk attack helicopter comes equiped with to air to air missiles, anti-tank missiles and a rapid fire automatic 20mm cannon. It carries a crew of two. The first CSH-2 for the South African Air Force was delivered at the end of 1998, with manufacture planned at four per year until 2001. In a police support role it could be used for inntelligence gathering, surveliance, electronic soundwave jamming an as a airborne crane. The survivability of the Rooivalk is enhnaced by design characteristics that include low detection signatures, high agility, damage tolerance, dual redundant systems and airframe crashworthiness. The helicopter is able to operate in the nape of the earth environment and can operate in night and adverser wealther conditions from long standoff ranges. The helmet, HUD and nose mounted day/night stabilized sighting systems provide for fast, hightly accurate designation and delivery of anti-tank missiles, air-to ground rockets, cannon fire, and the ability to carry air to air missiles for self defence.
1.country of orgin South Africa
2. builder denel aviation/ atlas aircraft co
3. role attack helicopter
4. rotor diameter 15.22M
5. length 18.65M
7. weight 13,035 LBs, maximum takeoff weight 19,290 LBs
8. engine 2 makila 1K2 turboshaft
9. maximum speed 309 KM/H, cruising speed 278 KM/H
10. surface ceiling 20,000 FT
11. armament 20MM cannon ( with 700 rounds) 8 or 16 anti-tank missiles, 4 matra BAE, Dynamics, mistral air to air missiles, 2 denel V3P air to air missiles, 38 or 76 unguided rockets.
Originally posted by Off_The_Street
Shadow, please understand that when I say they went "head-to-head" with us, it wasn't on the battlefield, but in the procurement cycle!
main rotor 14.5 metres
length with rotating rotors 15.9 metres
overall height 4.9 metres
wing span 7.3 metres
empty weight 7,692 KG
normal takeoff weight 9,800 KG
maximum takeoff weight 10,800 KG
weight of consumable combat load 610 KG
weight of maximum combat load 1,811 KG
maximum level flight speed 310 KM
diving speed 390 KM
cruise speed 270 KM
hovering ceiling 4,000 metres
service ceiling 5,500 metres
range of flight with normal takeoff weight 460 KM
ferry range 1,160 KM