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A Super HMT 400 Win for Supacat

During Exercise IRON WOLF 2017 The Light Dragons, using Supacat HMT 400 Jackals, conducted a 'Passage of Lines' through the German-led NATO eFP Battle Group in Lithuania to practice keeping the Suwalki Gap corridor open [© Bob Morrison]

British defence engineering group Supacat secures major order with UK MoD for HMT 400 series High Mobility Military Transporters.

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Press Release, Dunkeswell, 22 February 2023: Devon-based Supacat has today confirmed receipt from UK MoD of an order on behalf of the British Army for 70 High Mobility Transporters (HMT 400 series), to be manufactured in collaboration with major defence engineering contractor Babcock International Group plc through its facility in Devonport. The contract award for an undisclosed sum could lead to as many as 240 of the light armoured vehicles, should operational requirements demand.

The project is to be delivered between Supacat’s manufacturing facilities at Dunkeswell near Honiton and Babcock’s Devonport site in Plymouth. Named ‘Jackal’ by the British Army, the HMT 400 series is a supremely versatile platform with unparalleled cross-country performance. Originally, developed in the 1990s, the Jackal builds on the success of Supacat’s original All Terrain Mobility Platform (ATMP). Produced in 4×4, 6×6 and convertible ‘Extenda’ configurations, Supacat’s HMT range has a worldwide reputation as formidable off-road vehicles and is in use with specialist and other armed forces worldwide.

The Light Dragoons in Aghanistan’s Helmand Province where the JACKAL 1 earned its spurs in combat
[© †Yves Debay]

The vehicle was brought into service under urgent operational requirements (UOR) to provide British forces in Afghanistan with an off-road patrol and fire-support vehicle with increased performance, replacing variants of Land Rover which previously fulfilled the role. Since then, the British Army’s fleet has fully utilised the HMT 400 platform, becoming integral to its land tactics and operations. Supplied with an optional mine blast and ballistic protection kit, the HMT 400 platform can also be fitted with a variety of mission specific load beds, weapons, communications, ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance) and force protection equipment to suit a wide range of operational roles.

The HMT platform vehicle has also proven itself internationally and is in service in Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, and Estonia. Further export opportunities are currently being explored bringing further investment to the South West. The contract itself will create 10 jobs within Supacat itself and 90 at Babcock’s facilities in Devonport.

This contract further builds on Supacat’s well established relationship with Babcock which was initially developed to meet the UOR demand for Afghanistan when over 600 vehicles were assembled through their Devonport facility within a three-year period.

Nick Ames, chief executive for Supacat, said: “This is an enormously important contract win for us. Primarily it further evidences our customer’s confidence in our HMT 400 product after 20 years of service. Furthermore it gives us a platform to secure potential export orders and thereby shows how investment in UK products can provide benefit to the wider UK economy. It also allows us to broaden and deepen our relationship with Babcock as a world class engineering partner.

“Above all, this contract win is the result of the unstinting belief and passion of our staff in the product. It is through their hard work and dedication that the business is here to deliver this contract and take the confidence to continue to develop more battle winning and lifesaving equipment in the future.”

A batch of 140 JACKAL 2A HMWPs was procured by UK MoD in 2010 ~ this vehicle was operated by 3 PARA in southern Afghanistan in early 2011 [© Carl Schulze]

Tom Newman, chief executive of Babcock’s Land Sector, said: “This order is fantastic news for both Babcock and the local community in Plymouth. As a world-class engineering partner, we are delighted to be taking a key role in the production of this new phase of the Jackal platform, a truly British designed and manufactured vehicle. We are proud to be playing our part in supporting the British Army’s Land Industrial Strategy by securing critical industrial skills and capabilities and enhancing social value, including the creation of 90 new jobs.

“This new contract shows how British industry can work collaboratively to rapidly respond to defence requirements and deliver in short timescales. The HMT 400 series is also not only a battle-proven vehicle but a fantastic export asset in its own right, and our chosen build location in the freeport zone of Plymouth will enhance its export prospects.”

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See also:~ UK MoD Procuring At Least 75 Additional Supacat HMTV

British Army JACKAL recce vehicles on TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018 (TRJE18) in Norway [© Bob Morrison]
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