UK-based special operations vehicle manufacturer Supacat has unveiled its HMT 600 tactical support vehicle for the first time in an anti-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) defence role.
Commonly known as Coyote, the tactical support vehicle will be integrated with anti-UAV defence system (AUDS), which serves as the only operationally proven counter drone system.
Supacat head Phil Applegarth said: “This is a further example of the flexibility of the HMT platform, which can be reconfigured to integrate the latest technology and enhance capability for our armed forces on the modern battlefield.”
The AUDS installation on the Coyote vehicle demonstrates the latest collaboration between Supacat and Chess Dynamics, which developed and delivered a counter drone system together with the AUDS team.
Applegarth added: “We are both innovative, high technology British SMEs of similar size and geared to responding at speed to customer requirements. We both build world-beating products in Britain that are successful abroad, making exports a central focus for our businesses.”
The AUDS has been developed to disrupt and neutralise UAVs, remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) engaged in hostile airborne surveillance and potentially lethal activity.
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The system is currently deployed into service with the US forces in its field mast configuration and has also been installed on the US Army’s Stryker vehicles.
In November this year, an AUDS-installed HMT 600 vehicle will participate in ‘Autonomous Warrior – the 2018 Army Warfighting Experiment’.
The experiment will test the ability of robotic and autonomous systems (RAS) to be used in the land environment, in addition to evaluating their ability in reducing the danger to troops during combat.
Furthermore, the company has announced its plans to modernise and upgrade its All-Terrain Mobility Platform (ATMP).