Supacat launches BARV Concept at Landforces 2014

Brisbane, Australia, 23rd September, 2014, Supacat today launched a Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle (BARV) concept based on its highly successful Launch and Recovery System (L&RS) in service with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in the UK.

The L&RS incorporates a number of unique and innovative designs including permanent software controlled track drive systems and an innovative and highly manoeuvrable steering system. It has a normal operating depth of 3 metres, however the complete system can be shut down and left submerged at a depth of 9 metres.

The high mounted cab provides excellent visibility and has capacity for three occupants. It features 180 degree swivel command seat and controls to maximise the utility of the platform.

The militarised BARV system incorporates a number of new features including forward and rear bumper arrangements, recovery and hauling winches and towing points. The way the platform is configured allows for a variety of attachments to be used on the front of the platform, such as blades and track layers. The integration of a crane onto the platform would allow the BARV to be self-reliant in changing attachments.

The modular design of the BARV also allow for applique armour to protect the occupants and critical systems.

Michael Halloran, Managing Director, Australia, said “The benefit of the Supacat BARV is that it is based on a modern, in-service platform. That means a proven performer with reduced through life costs and an existing support infrastructure for the vehicle.”

Nick Jones, Founder and Director, was one of the key figures in the original design of the L&RS. Nick said, “The size of the Supacat BARV also provides operational flexibility. Our design allows the BARVs to operate alone for the simple jobs, to be daisy chained for the big jobs or to work in tandem for the complex jobs.”

Supacat launches ATMP MkIV Concept at Landforces 2014

Brisbane, Australia, 22nd September, 2014, Supacat today launched a concept vehicle for the ATMP MkIV at Landforces 2014.

The All Terrain Mobile Platform (ATMP) has a distinguished history, having served in Bosnia, the Gulf Wars and Afghanistan, and remains without equal as a highly mobile and highly reliable workhorse.

The MkIV concept vehicle is being displayed at Landforces 2014 and is being offered to armed forces within the region.

Michael Halloran, Managing Director, Australia, said:

“When we looked around the market, we found that there is nothing that combines the payload, mobility and robustness of the ATMP, so in developing this concept vehicle we decided to look at maintaining the fundamental strengths of the platform while updating the human interface and the automotive and communication systems.”

The result is an easily transportable, go-anywhere workhorse that can carry over 1.5 tons of payload. The open, flat back is easily configured for multiple uses and makes the ATMP extremely useful. The platform is equally at home in the desert, jungle or littoral environments.

Nick Jones, one of the founders of Supacat, is in attendance at Landforces 2014. He said:

“One of the interesting things to see over the years has been the number of different uses that people have found for the ATMP. It has been used for everything from forward base control, to firefighting to agriculture.”

The ATMP is powered by a diesel engine driving a 6×6 drive train. The mobility is significantly enhanced by 4 wheel Ackermann steering and skid steering. The ATMP can be transported within or below a range of air platforms providing instant mobility support for airborne and air-mobile forces on the ground.

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