IDEX 2017

High mobility in the desert [IDEX17D5]

23 February 2017

Supacat (International Golden Group, Stand 04-C30) has developed a specialised version of its combat-proven Jackal called HMT 400 (High Mobility Transporter) Desert. Following extensive trials, it is one of the finalists for a major contract in the region.

HMT 400 Desert is powered by a Cummins 6-cylinder diesel with an upgraded cooling system developing 220hp compared to 180hp of the standard version, which gives the vehicle a higher power-to-weight ratio. The diesel engine is coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission and the driver can select two or four-wheel drive. Road speed is up to 120km/h and the 200-litre fuel tank gives a maximum road range of 800km. The company is offering the HMT 400 Desert in both, left hand drive and right hand drive configurations.

To meet the specific user requirements, weight has been reduced to allow it to be carried inside a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, which is one of the key local user requirements. The armour package has been removed and new lightweight seats and low weight bead locks have been fitted.

The vehicle has a unique air suspension system that allows the selection of a variable ride height to match the terrain being crossed as well as to assist internal loading in a CH-47 helicopter.

Roll-over protection is fitted as standard and armament typically consists of a ring-mounted .50 M2 HB machine gun (MG) on top, and three 7.62mm or 5.56mm MG mounte d on the front sides and rear to provide suppressive fire over a wide arc.

The company has sold over 1,000 of the Supacat in 6x6 and 4x4 configurations, with many of these being for use by Special Forces and customised to meet their specific operational requirements. These have seen extensive operational use in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in the region. The largest user is the British Army but other recent customers include Australia, New Zealand and Norway.

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