Supacat introduces new special operations vehicle HMT 400 Desert

19 February 2017 (Last Updated February 19th, 2017 18:30)

Supacat has introduced a new special operations vehicle, HMT 400 Desert, at IDEX 2017, currently underway in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Supacat introduces new special operations vehicle HMT 400 Desert

Supacat has introduced a new special operations vehicle, HMT 400 Desert, at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The vehicle is the next addition to the company's HMT series, widely known as `Jackal`.

Designed to withstand adverse environmental conditions, HMT 400 Desert successfully passed tactical trials and tests by UAE forces.

The vehicle also features tactical CH-47 internal loading, in compliance with the UAE Presidential Guard’s requirements.

Supacat head Phil Applegarth said: “Supacat is committed to supporting the region and in the event that HMT 400 Desert is selected by the UAE Presidential Guard, a large element of the production and subsequent support programmes will be conducted in UAE.”

"In the event that HMT 400 Desert is selected by the UAE Presidential Guard, a large element of the production and subsequent support programmes will be conducted in UAE."

HMT 400 Desert's lighter gross vehicle mass is said to improve its power-to-weight ratio and increase its mobility over deep desert sand.

The vehicle also features a central tyre inflation system and lightweight bead locks to enable operation at the lowest tyre pressures.

In 2016, Supacat launched recovery, logistic support and gun towing variants of the HMT series in the UK.

IDEX is an international defence exhibition that commenced on 19 February and will conclude on 23 February.


Image: HMT 400 Desert has been designed for adverse conditions in the desert. Photo: courtesy of Supacat.