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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1999
Maiden Flight: April 1990
Total Production: 16
Origin: South Africa
Corporations: Denel
Parent System: Rooivalk
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1999
Maiden Flight: April 1990
Total Production: 16
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Description: The CSH-2 Rooivalk is an attack helicopter designed and manufactured by Denel and Atlas for the South African military. The Rooivalk concept is very close to the combat-proven AH-64 Apache, but adapted to the African operations theater. Its weapon options include air-to-air missiles for self-defense, Mokopa anti-tank missiles, unguided rockets and a 20mm cannon.

The Rooivalk is able to operate day/night, all-weather conditions being supported by an IR-camera, TV and laser designator mounted in the nose of the aircraft. Rooivalk helicopter and Mokopa missile is a powerful combination such as the Apache helicopter and Hellfire missile. The Rooivalk is also compatible with Hellfire and Hot 3 anti-tank missiles as well as Darter air-to-air missiles.

The South African Air Force remains the sole operator of the Rooivalk attack helicopter to date.

Rooivalk Specifications

Crew: 2
Main Rotor Blades: 4
Height: 5.10 meter (16.7 foot)
Length: 18.6 meter (61 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 20 millimeter
Main Rotor Diameter: 15.2 meter (50 foot)
Ceiling: 6,000 meter (19,685 foot)
Max Range: 700 kilometer (378 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 3,300 shp
Cruise Speed: 77 mps (278 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 86 mps (309 kph)
Empty Weight: 5,700 kilogram (12,566 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 8,700 kilogram (19,180 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Rooivalk News

There are 3 news between
4 Apr 2011 and 14 Mar 2013
Thursday, March 14, 2013Denel Delivers Final Upgraded Rooivalk Helicopter to the South African Air Force
Monday, May 28, 2012Thales to Support Avionics on a Variety of South African Aircrafts
Monday, April 4, 2011South African Air Force Takes Delivery of First Upgraded Rooivalk

Operators & Related Equipment

South Africa16
Mar 201311upgraded aircraft
Oct 201211

Grand Total 161
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