The Supacat WMIK-type Light Role Vehicle has been upgraded with a new engine and chassis to provide an optimised mix of bespoke and COTS components.
Press Release, 29 August 2019: Supacat, the UK headquartered Special Forces vehicle developer, is showcasing its Light Role Vehicle at DSEi 2019. LRV offers unrivalled performance in terrain access, range and operator comfort. Its low weight and packaging offers a genuine ‘Fly / Drive’ tactical capability utilising current in-service aviation assets for rapid intervention operations, while maintaining excellent payload capacity.
Building on Supacat’s experience in building world class high mobility vehicles, the Light Role Vehicle has been designed to deliver exceptional off road performance lowering user fatigue, reducing cognitive burden and enabling the operator to arrive at their objective fit to fight. Supacat’s ongoing design work has upgraded LRV with a new engine and chassis to provide an optimised mix of bespoke and COTS components. This delivers an extended platform life with ease of supportability and standardisation across the LRV variants in order to minimise the through life cost and training burden. The design approach also considers ease of manufacture and maintenance.
The Supacat LRV platform is highly modular and offers a range of configuration options to suit a variety of environmental conditions, threat levels and crew requirements. All variants use a common chassis and driveline with customers able to specify modular elements of the vehicle such as open or closed cabs, seating layout, load platform and weapon systems. LRV also has the unique feature of being convertible between 6×6 and 4×4, offering users the flexibility to reconfigure the vehicle to meet different operational requirements within hours by the addition or removal of a 3rd axle module.
“The feedback from our current specialist customer base has been extremely positive and users describe the vehicles as ‘in a class of its own’,” said Ben Gaffney, Head of New Programmes, Supacat.“Users love the HMT. The LRV offers the same level of quality and off road capability, in a smaller and more compact vehicle.”
LRV is ITAR free and can be supported via Supacat’s existing globally available spares network.LRV has been developed with a common user interface to its Supacat HMT ‘Jackal’ to maximise inter-operability and minimise training.