Production was undertaken by Sandock which produced the vehicle hulls at its shipyard in Durban before having them transported by rail to Boksburg.
Design work on the 6×6 wheeled Ratel was intended to carry troops rapidly into and out of battle, making mobility the primary characteristic, followed by firepower and armour.
Approximately 1400 Ratels were built and have been exported to Cameroon, Djibouti, Ghana, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Rwanda, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Senegal, Yemen and Zambia.
The Ratel`s 6×6 wheeled configuration was designed for the African battle space and characterized by its versatility and cross-country capability.
A six-wheel run flat (designed to resist the effects of deflation when punctured) configuration offered more reliability and required less maintenance than tracked vehicle.