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The Ratel Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV) takes its Afrikaans name from the South African honey badger. This animal, despite its small size, is a fierce creature which is able to absorb a large amount of physical damage as well as dish it out with its long claws. The Ratel vehicle is therefore well named as it armament and mobility make it a formidable opponent It first appeared in 1974, when sanctions were at their height, having been totally developed within South Africa. For decades South Africa was involved in conflicts where their forces had to travel great distances with a little logistical support. The Ratel’s wheeled configuration was perfect for prolonged journeys.