Land Platforms

UK Jackals get upgrade for UN mission in Mali

12 March 2020

British Army reconnaissance vehicles are receiving sensor, communications, and environmental upgrades ahead of their deployment to serve in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) later this year.

Supacat Jackal wheeled vehicles trialled a notional upgrade package during Exercise 'Wessex Storm' on Salisbury Plain training area during February, according to a senior British Army officer.

The capability exploration and demonstration (mast and sensors) package, which will be used to inform the formal requirement and subsequent upgrade contract was pulled together by the British Army's Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) at Bovington in Dorset and includes a mast-mounted thermal imaging camera system, a rapid erecting telescopic radio antenna, night vision upgrades, vehicle heaters, and driver wind deflectors.

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