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Badger Infantry Combat Vehicle

Badger Infantry Combat Vehicle – MCT Missile
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The South African Badger Infantry Combat Vehicle, is a licence built version of the Finnish 8×8 wheeled Patria AMV and features the AMICT Modular Turret. It is being manufactured as a family of variants by South African Company Denel Land Systems as a replacement to the long serving family of Ratel 6×6 Combat Vehicles.

Denel have completed extensive modifications to the AMV design, customizing it for South Africa’s unique conditions, with special attention paid to its mine protection and weapons platforms.


Following an open tender process Denel Land Systems was awarded the contract for the development of a new generation infantry combat vehicle by Armscor in 2007. The SANDF required a new vehicle to replace the 30-year old Ratels in its mechanised infantry units.

The first prototype vehicle was delivered to Armscor and the SANDF in 2010. It was expected that the first of 238 Badger infantry combat vehicle ordered would roll off Denel’s production facilities in October 2015.

By late 2021, the project hung in the balance. The vehicle had failed at least two known tests and Denel was suffering major financial issues and man power shortages making the continued development impossible. On top of this, their production facility’s were not in a position to manufacturer the Badger when development was finalised, resulting in calls to scrap the project and concentrate on improvements of the Ratel fleet.

By 2023, Denal had received billions of South African Rand from the national treasury to bail the company out and get development and production facilities moving again. Denel was reworking its costs for the intial order of 88 vehicles with a new expected role out date in the summer of 2024 and continuing well into the winter of 2025.

Another issue the project has faced is the reliability of South African sub-contractors. Up to 70% of the vehicle is produced in South Africa using local skills, local manufacturing capacity, local defence technology and local subcontractors.


AMICT stands for “Advanced Modular Infantry Combat Turret”. Developed and produced by Denel Land Systems for the new Badger, the basic turret through the use of modular components (weapons, armor, sights etc) is modified in to the various weapons platforms for each of the Badger Variants.

Weighting roughly 2.5 tonnes (stock), AMICT ensures maximum commonality and re-use of components and modules.

Variants and Marks

IFV Section

Badger Infantry Combat Vehicle
Badger Infantry Combat Vehicle – IFV Section by ADR/JOHN STUPART

The Infantry Fighting Vehicle variant, aka “Section Vehicle” is the principal variant of the new Badger Family. Carrying 8 infantry and their gear into combat, the vehicle is fitted with the 2-man MCT 30 turret.

Armed with the 30mm GI-30 cannon, the turret (developed and supplied by Denel) features a digital architecture, a thermal channel for the Gunners sight and Commanders Independent Sight. The cannon is fully stabilized and fires a range of 30 millimetre X 173 ammunition through a dual feeder system.

MCT 60 Mortar

This variant features the Modular Combat Turret 60. The main weapon is a breech-loading 60mm mortar (Denel Land Systems M6 Long Range Mortar) and provides direct fire support via a Gunners sight (day and night channels) or indirect fire support via forward observation (laser designation).

The MCT 60 turret has a full powered traverse and elevation/depression. It comes equipped with a Battlefield Management System and communications suite.

MCT Missile

Badger Infantry Combat Vehicle – MCT Missile
Badger Infantry Combat Vehicle – MCT Missile Variant armed with Ingwe ATGM

This variant is a dedicated Tank Destroyer. The MCT turret features x4 Ingwe anti-tank guided missiles (x2 mounted on either side of the turret). The Gunners sight has both day and night channels, whilst the Commander has a roof mounted periscope.

The Ingwe ATGM can track moving targets and uses laser beam-riding guidance. The missile is capable of being launched from a moving vehicle and has a maximum range of 5km.

Other Planned Variants

Denel have stated that a Command vehicle and other fire support vehicles will form the 5 variants ordered by the South African Army. The Command variant will be fitted with the Modular Combat Turret 12,7 (12.7mm MG). This turret also boasts a roof mounted stabilised panoramic sight with a 360 degree field of view and a day channel with two fields of view.


Main Gun
ATGM Capability
Secondary Weapons
Ammunition Storage
543hp DI 12 Scania Diesel
7 speed Automatic
Top Road Speed
100 km/h
Road Range
600 – 800 km
Fuel Capacity
Vertical Obstacle
Water Capability
Fording 2m / Amphibious 6 – 10 km/h
Trench Crossing
Side Slope
Length Gun Forward
Length Hull
2.4m hull top
Ground Clearance
17 – 27 tonne depending on variant
NBC Protected
Standard Armor(s) Type
steel, composite, modular
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
Active Protection Systems
commander, driver, gunner, optional-crew