Rooivalk Attack Helicopter
The Rooivalk attack helicopter has been developed by Denel Aviation for the South African Air Force (SAAF). The Rooivalk is a versatile weapons platform, designed to be compatible with various weapons systems, those both foreign and domestically produced. This versatility means the Rooivalk can be easily configured to carry out different roles.
The Rooivalks flown by the SAAF are typically armed with Mokopa anti-tank missiles (also manufactured by Denal). The Mokopa is llaser-homing missile armed with a tandem warhead for improved armor penetration. The Mokopa can also be fitted with a special anti-ship warhead. Max range of the Mokopa is 10km.
Rooivalks are bigger and heavier than similar gunships such as the Apache. Designed for use above the planes of Africa, the Rooivalk trades hideability and maneuverability for ruggedness, range and survivability. Despite their bulk, Rooivalks can be transported via C130 transport planes.
There are currently only 16 Rooivalks in service, all with the South African Air Force.
Rooivalk Attack Helicopter Specifications
Rooivalk fitted with rocket pods and cannon.
Roovialk at air show
Denel Aviation - info on the Rooivalk