Supacat to develop new variants of HMT family vehicles for UK MoD

1 September 2016 (Last Updated September 1st, 2016 18:30)

Supacat is developing new variants of HMT family for recovery, logistic support and gun towing roles, in order to bring them into the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Core fleet.

Supacat is developing new variants of HMT family for recovery, logistic support and gun towing roles, in order to bring them into the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Core fleet.

The new variants are being developed to help the MoD to optimise their existing fleet and enhance capability, interoperability, commonality and efficiency.

Supacat head Phil Applegarth said: “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.

“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 adding a 4x4 to 6x6 convertible feature to Jackal, besides launching the Logistic Support and Recovery variants.

Using the convertible concept of the HMT Extenda special operations variant, the 4x4 Jackal can be transformed into a 6×6 Coyote, thereby increasing its payload and capacity.

"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."

HMT Extenda can be converted into a 4x4 or 6x6 configuration by inserting or removing a self-contained third axle.

Supacat is showcasing its new LRV400 Mk2 light reconnaissance vehicle at the Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD).

The LRV400, with its 4x4 to 6x6 convertible feature, is said to be a high-performance off-road vehicle for rapid intervention operations.

It offers a highly versatile tactical capability for Special Forces and can be transported inside a CH-47 Chinook, Supacat said in a statement.

The company will also present a concept demonstrator 6x6 version of the LRV at DVD.


Image: Supacat is developing new variants of HMT family for the UK MoD. Photo: courtesy of Supacat.