Israeli 76mm APFSDS Made For South Africa?


#1

I was lucky to have just added this beautiful, inert, 76mm APFSDS projectile to my collection with the help of an IAA Member. I am pretty certain that this projectile was manufactured by Israel for South Africa for one of their light weight AFV’s? I am not sure what the gold anodized color is supposed to signify. I do not think this example was for tactical use as I have seen other IMI manufactured 76’s made for South Africa that were painted and stenciled in typical colors and markings. Now I just need to find the correct band for it.

PS: Great job on he new forum, Aaron! Thank you for all of your hard work, it looks great!

Jason


#2

Does the proj./sabots have any markings? And what makes you think it is made in Israel?
The yellow anodization seems to be the standard coating before the paint job is applied.


#3

Jason, it looks like an APFSDS-T projectile for the 76 mm GT4 gun used by the South African Armscor (later Denel) Rooikat 8x8 AFV. It is loaded in a 76/62 case (76,2x636R).

I’m not sure about the Israeli connection. Is the sabot marked “APFS-DS”?

Regards,

Fede


#4

Thanks guys!

Yes, the Rooikat is the AFV I was told that this went to. This example could be a show dummy as, EOD suggests. I am pretty sure it has a tungsten core also. I have a lot of Israeli APFSDS projectiles in all sizes made for both Israel’s domestic use and for foreign markets and this one incorporated all the tell-tail design features that seem unique to many Israeli designed APFSDS projectiles, primarily in the way the sabot petals are connected and the design of the sub-projectiles windscreen. Interestingly, according to JANE’S AMMUNITION, the first APFSDS ammunition made for this gun system designed by Rheinmetall, utilized a CCC case. I have seen examples of full rounds that utilize brass cases. Also, the only tactical round I have seen in a friends collection has a projectile with the same sabot petals (Painted Black & Stenciled) but fitted with a slightly longer dart that also appears to be an Israeli design, possibly made under license???