South Africa Pairs Gecko ATV and Starstreak MANPADS

Gecko ATV file photo. Source: NJR ZA/Wikimedia Commons

The South African military has shown off a Gecko all-terrain vehicle paired with the Starstreak man-portable air defense system at the South African Armed Forces Day.

Gecko ATVs, developed by South African firm LMT, are used for airborne and special operations forces, with a payload capacity of around 900 kilograms. They have a range of 250 kilometers and can travel at speeds up to 45 kmph. The vehicles carry up to four personnel.

Starstreak MANPADS have a range of up to 7 kilometers, useful for countering helicopters and low-flying aircraft. South Africa acquired the systems in the early 2000s.

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