The new variants include HMT in the Recovery, Logistic Support and Gun Towing roles as well as a unique 4×4 to 6×6 convertible feature for `Jackal`. At DVD Supacat is unveiling the Logistic Support and Recovery variants, the former will be exhibited on the Supacat stand and the latter as a static display on the off-road area.
Supacat is also highlighting how the 4×4 `Jackal` can be re-rolled into a 6×6 `Coyote` using the unique convertible concept of its HMT Extenda special operations variant to increase payload, capacity and range. By inserting or removing a self-contained third axle HMT Extenda is convertible to a 4×4 or 6×6 configuration within a day to meet different operational requirements.
“The new variants demonstrate the flexibility of the HMT platform and the different roles it can perform now and in future programmes where it could be offered”, said Phil Applegarth, Head of Supacat. “For UK MoD programmes where we do not have a direct product to offer we are looking for teaming opportunities with international primes, similar to our partnership with Rheinmetall on its bid for the Challenger 2 Life Extension Programme”.
Supacat is also displaying at DVD its all-new LRV400 Mk2 light reconnaissance vehicle, a high performance off-road vehicle for rapid intervention operations. It offers a highly versatile tactical capability for special forces; it has the unique 4×4 to 6×6 convertible feature and can be transported inside a CH-47 Chinook fully equipped and loaded, making it immediately deployable. At DVD, Supacat will be displaying a concept demonstrator 6×6 version of the LRV.
Work experience is acknowledged as a real benefit not only to the students, but also to the manufacturing industry. Raising awareness and engaging students at an early age provides engineering insight and also increases options for future career opportunities.
Sadly, very few students will ever have the opportunity to see or experience a large fabrication workshop with heavy manufacturing equipment. At Blackhill Engineering, the students are initially encouraged to look around the workshops, talk to the staff and ask questions that will help them to decide if engineering is the career path for them. We are pleased to report back that most return to the office with a big grin and cannot wait to get started.
All the team at Blackhill would like to pass on a huge well done and many thanks to Erin Fisher and Alfred Downs for your time, and also for the positive influence you have had on our business in such a short time.
Supacat is delighted to be part of the Rheinmetall team down selected by the Commonwealth of Australia for the Risk Mitigation Activities (RMA) of the LAND 400 Phase 2 program.
Supacat will support Rheinmetall in Australia, through the RMA phase, to demonstrate the outstanding, combat proven capabilities of the BOXER 8×8 to the Australian Army.
Supacat also expects to play a key role in assisting Rheinmetall with the establishment of an Australian Industry Capability program that will provide not only the development, manufacture and support of the BOXER in Australia, but a lasting legacy of industrial capability.
Michael Halloran, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, congratulated Rheinmetall on the team’s selection and said “We have witnessed first-hand, Rheinmetall’s focus on developing their plans in concert with Australian industry and Rheinmetall’s willingness to devote energy and expertise to ensuring an enduring capability remains beyond the program.”
Supacat has significant recent expertise in developing industrial capability in Australia through delivering development, production and support programs in partnership with Australian SME’s under the Supacat Team Australia banner.