Supacat makes ground in Czech

The famous British Top Gear motoring show presenter Jeremy Clarkson recently described his country life in the Sunday Times and mentioned that he goes to pick up wood from the forest in a Supacat special vehicle. Clarkson bought a small six-wheeler produced by the British company in Devon in the south-west of England at a military sale. The company supplies its vehicles to the special forces of several NATO member states, including the domestic British army and allied Australia. Supacat, one of whose special forces vehicle types appeared in one of Clarkson’s shows ten years ago, is now seeking the favour of Czech soldiers. The Chrudim paratroopers will need about a hundred “light attack vehicles” worth around one billion crowns for the regiment currently under construction. The new machines should replace existing Cayman specials, which are based on the British Land Rover. “Supacat vehicles are modular, original designs which can be fitted with various weapon systems,” said Phil Applegarth, the company’s director, in an interview with HN.

It is not yet clear exactly what machines will be needed by Czech soldiers and with what equipment. As such, the price remains unknown. According to spokesman Jiří Pejšek, the General Staff and the Ministry of Defence are still working on a detailed specification of what such a vehicle, or its three different models, should look like. The tender and purchase would thus be possible in 2022 at the earliest, but more likely 2023. Last year, the Ministry addressed 20 companies in a marketing survey, 12 of which sent their offers. In addition to Supacat, they included the Israeli SandCat machine, the Eagle vehicle from Euro-American company GDELS, Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles, as well as models from British company Jankel or Czech producer Dajbych.

According to Phil Applegarth, an order in the Czech Republic would be an excellent reference for other markets in Central Europe. To the logical question of whether Brexit will prove a complication for a British company like Supacat operating on the continent, he replies with a smile: “We fill in the same amount of paper as we did before.”

A usual condition for such tenders is that offers show the largest possible share of domestic production and services, because a “light attack vehicle” for Czech paratroopers would be purchased with at least the next twenty years in mind. “I estimate that sixty percent of production and all servicing would take place in the Czech Republic,” said Applegarth.

Supacat’s Czech partner is the domestic armaments company LPP, led by entrepreneurs Jiří Sauer and Radim Petráš, which is better known as a manufacturer of various special devices and as a systems integrator. It is led by the former commander of the ground forces of the Czech Army  General Miroslav Žižka, who, somewhat surprisingly, left the army three years ago after returning from the post of Czech military representative to NATO and the EU, because there was allegedly no place for him in the armed forces. Žižka is in charge of cooperation with Supacat.

According to General Žižka, vehicles like Supacat’s fit into what a modern army should look like. According to him, three priorities are key to the modernisation of the army: “Firstly, a combined information system so you know in real time what is happening; secondly, autonomous and robotic systems that may eventually replace people in the front line; and thirdly, the availability of rapid reaction forces which can be quickly transported where they are needed,” said the general in an interview with HN. “You can only control an area with live soldiers. There may be fewer of them today, but they are equipped with sensors and other modern technology. ”

Paratroopers need to work even with relatively simple machines ensuring a secure connection and cyber protection. Other considerations include the ways in which man-made machines work with drones and unmanned ground machines.

“Supacat makes vehicles which, with their modularity, enable, among other things, cooperation between a human-controlled machine and an automatic external machine,” said General Žižka. One of the company’s models makes it possible to separate one vehicle axle and quickly convert one version of the machine to another.

Before new models for paratroopers can be selected, the Ministry of Defence and the military will have to deal with financing for ongoing contracts, such as the aforementioned infantry fighting vehicle programme and the previously agreed delivery of Shorad missiles and French Caesar artillery. However, it is uncertain whether, due to delays in the Ministry’s budget resulting from blocking maneuvers by the Communist party over ten billion crowns and other administrative difficulties, these large purchases will be completed before this year’s parliamentary elections.

In the last two years, the army has made significant progress in modernisation. It has signed contracts for the purchase of new combat helicopters, for MADR radars, for chemical reconnaissance vehicles, for two CASA aircraft, for Titus wheeled armoured vehicles, for new off-road vehicles, and for the purchase of small arms.

In addition to the purchase of vehicles for paratroopers, larger-scale projects include the purchase of 60 self-propelled mortars and an artillery fire control system.

The SC Innovation and Supacat Team praised in collaboration awards

The innovative partnership was shortlisted in the Engineer’s Collaborate to Innovate Awards in the Aerospace and Defence Category.

Now in its fifth year, the Collaborate to Innovate Awards were established to uncover and celebrate great examples of technology-led engineering collaboration across a range of different disciplines and sectors.

The results from the annual competition were unveiled today (February 2nd 2021), as part of special Collaborate To Innovate Week hosted on The Engineer’s website.
The collaboration between the University of Exeter and SC Innovation-Global has grown in strength over a number of years.

The collaboration started with engineering students doing projects on real life problems at SC Innovation, which then grew to a Knowledge Transfer Partnership awarded to Supacat and the University. That resulted in development of a new first in class Electric All Terrain Mobile Platform (eATMP).

Apart from emissions reductions, silent running, and reduced heat signature, and the ability to provide significant power in the field, one major benefit of the new clean powertrain was its ability for transfer to other vehicles and platforms. SC Innovation-Global is now involved in projects scaling up this powertrain for larger defence vehicles.

Professor Chris Smith, project lead for the University of Exeter and Director of CFCM, said: “The Engineers at SC Innovation are a very capable group, with world class capabilities, who’re welcoming and open minded. I enjoy working with them immensely.

“The eATMP is a very capable vehicle and a fantastic architecture for further development. I’m sure this will only be the start of bigger things for SC Innovation. Given the capabilities and role of the eATMP the powertrain we developed is very different from its predecessors.”

Steve Austen, Engineering Director and Chief Engineer of SC Group and Associate Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter added: “Over two KTPs, our collaboration with Professor Smith, Professor Menon and the wider team at the University of Exeter has already led to profitable new revenue for Supacat.

“It has helped to position us at the vanguard of the electric revolution in design, production and conversion of specialist and off road vehicles, particularly in the commercial and defence sectors.

“Beyond impact on the bottom line, other indicators of successful collaborations are that they stimulate new skills and ways of working in partner organisations and are enjoyable to be part of. In this respect, the H-ATMP project has surpassed expectations.”

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) aim to help organisations improve their competitiveness and productivity through better use of the knowledge, technology and skills held within the UK knowledge base.

KTPs are funded by UKRI through Innovate UK with the support of co-funders, including the Scottish Funding Council, Welsh Government, Invest Northern Ireland, Defra and BEIS.
Innovate UK manages the KTP programme and facilitates its delivery through a range of partners including the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), Knowledge Bases and Businesses. Each partner plays a specific role in the support and delivery of the programme.

 

Jackal gets closer to realising its Hybrid potential

Article featured in Jane’s written by Chris Foss explores the Jackal’s moves towards Hybridisation.

Why move to Hybridisation?

Supacat’s goal is to protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions through the hybridisation of the Jackal.  By reducing carbon emissions we are not only protecting our planet for the future but we are protecting our Soldiers due to a significant reduction in noise pollution.

To find out more, read the article here:

Jane’s 20.1.21 Jackal 1 moves towards hybrid electric drive installation (C Foss)

Live virtual vehicle demonstration

The Supacat team delivered a series of virtual shows demonstrating our continuous development and investment within the Supacat vehicle fleet. All our vehicles are meeting the environmental and technological demands of the defence sector for now and the future.

In the last twelve-months the absence of military exhibitions and events, continues to be felt globally and has significantly impacted many SME’s and OEM’s.

Each show provided a virtual experience demonstration, showcasing our latest technology innovation, and exploring the latest capabilities for Land Forces and Commercial Applications.

Access the demonstrations below:

Light Role Vehicle

High Mobility Transporter

Electric All Terrain Mobile Platform

DEW, Supacat collaborate for SOF Fighting Vehicle

A testament to the extent of the HMT Extenda Mk 2 capabilities; Greg Burton, Senior Director at DEW Engineering has published an article talking about the raw engineering of this Next Generation Fighting Vehicle and how it will bridge the gap on the five eyes with Canada.

Turn to page 13 to read more about our collaboration, and page 53 on Tactical Mobility of Light Infantry Battalions in which the DEW Supacat team is mentioned

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Top 150 Companies in the South West

Proudly announcing as part of SC Group-Global Ltd we have been ranked in the top 150 businesses for Devon and Cornwall.

We join an elite group of businesses which have made an enormous contribution to our regional economy, with a combined turnover of £13.9 billion and 77,000 employees.

PFK Francis Clark as headline partners of the Western Morning News Annual Business Guide, have congratulated SC Group-Global Limited on being ranked in the top 150 businesses in Devon and Cornwall.

This year’s Annual Business Guide, it is available to read online here: https://www.pkf-francisclark.co.uk/news/western-morning-news-annual-business-guide-2020/

 

Supacat celebrating five-years as Rheinmetall LAND 400 partner

Supacat is proud of its participation with the Rheinmetall LAND 400 team. Since the early part of the bidding process, Supacat has participated in the LAND 400 program.  Supacat played a key role in supporting the RMA phase of the program and continue to support Rheinmetall as an embedded partner in the acquisition phase of the program.

Rheinmetall has been pro-active in seeking Australian industrial involvement for the program and Supacat has used its experience to support the development of relevant industrial capability in Australia.  Over the past five years, Supacat has continuously developed its people, processes and capabilities to engage fully with the Rheinmetall team and support the needs of the LAND 400 program, including a growing presence in Rheinmetall facilities both in Germany and Australia.  Supacat has also encouraged its supply chain in the development of their capabilities to meet the exacting standards of the program.

In doing so, Supacat continues to demonstrate not just our commitment to Rheinmetall, but that its place as a significant contributor to the Land Combat Vehicle Sovereign Industrial Capability in Australia.

Michael Halloran, Managing Director Asia Pacific said, “As we celebrate this five-year milestone, we recommit ourselves to supporting Rheinmetall on all its endeavors to deliver world-class capability to our Defence Force through Australia’s SMEs”.

Supacat

Supacat is an innovative producer of high mobility military vehicles, specialist vehicles and maritime products.

Supacat was established in Australia in 2012 and has rapidly grown as a Compact Prime, delivering development, acquisition and support programs to the Commonwealth and global defence primes.  Supacat specialises in the design and development of high mobility vehicles for specialist forces around the world. In addition to its world class mobility products, Supacat provides engineering services to a range of military and civilian customers within Australia, Asia, North America and Europe. Its core capabilities include platform and system integration design, prototype development and high end dynamic structural analysis. Supacat currently supports the HMT fleets in Asia Pacific and is a partner to Rheinmetall Defence Australia on the Land 400 Phase 2 Program.

 

 

Further information:

Michael Halloran, Supacat  +61 3 8645 8300

Supacat successful in Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant

The grant will be used by Supacat to further develop its capabilities in ICT security infrastructure, design lifecycle management and supply chain integration with particular focus on enhancing its integration with Rheinmetall on the LAND400 program and growing its presence within the Rheinmetall global supply chains.

Michael Halloran, Managing Director Asia Pacific said, “We are delighted with yesterday’s announcement and grateful for the funding received from Defence and the government.  Along with a significant investment by Supacat, this grant improves our ability to integrate with partner companies to develop capability in Australia and increases our opportunities to enter the global supply chains of Primes and OEMs.”

Since commencing operations in Australia in 2012, Supacat has delivered a number of acquisition and export programs, established through life support capabilities around the region and supported the LAND400 program as a Tier 1 supplier.  In doing so, it has established itself as a significant contributor to the Land Combat Vehicle Sovereign Industrial Capability in Australia.

This grant will enhance Supacat’s ability to continue to develop capability for Defence in Australia and to develop future export opportunities.

UK MoD Awards Contract to Demonstrate Electric-Drive Jackal Vehicles

The contract award is part of the Protected Mobility Engineering & Technical Support (PMETS) programme which is being led by NP Aerospace as the Engineering Authority for the vehicle fleet. General Dynamics Land Systems–UK and Supacat are the partner vehicle OEMs, and Magtec is the electric drive and battery technology partner.

Developed by Magtec in the UK, the hybrid electric e-drive solution for Jackal and Foxhound is intended to deliver multiple technical and operational enhancements, including (but not limited to);

  • Silent mobility;
  • Enhanced Silent Watch capabilities;
  • Off-board electrical power;
  • Increased onboard power for the insertion of the latest technologies.

This is the first time that this type of technology system has been applied to vehicles covered under the PMETS programme. The production of demonstrator vehicles will enable the MoD to analyse the operational impact of new technical capabilities.

David Petheram, Chief Operating Officer, NP Aerospace, said: “The Protected Mobility Engineering & Technical Support (PMETS) programme delivers safety, efficiency and innovation activities across a variety of vehicle platforms, via a collaborative approach. The hybrid electric drive project is a significant development that will further extend the technical capabilities of the vehicles and is an important advancement in the incorporation of new technology. It will provide a greater understanding of what hybrid technology could achieve, whilst also looking to the future in terms of integrating additional sophisticated electronics across the PMETS vehicle fleet.”

Carew Wilks, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics Land Systems–UK, said: “As technology develops to meet the future operating needs of the British Army, the demand for onboard power only increases, and electrification of land vehicles offers an innovative solution.  Foxhound, the British Army light infantry vehicle of choice, already has an architecture that enables electrification and is a natural choice for this demonstrator.  We look forward to demonstrating our e-drive Foxhound in the coming months.”

Nick Ames, SC Group-Global CEO, said: Following the work we have done with Exeter University on the All-Terrain Military Platform (ATMP) to give it electric drive and associated control, this piece of work is the natural follow on for us. We have the skills and knowledge to work with our project partners in making the well-respected Jackal vehicle “hybrid drive” and thereby offer enhanced silent watch, stealth operation and improved power export capabilities for soldiers and their equipment. This is a very exciting project and clearly shows the British Army moving towards a non-hydrocarbon future as signalled by Chief of the General Staff at DSEI in 2019. This fits perfectly with our current and future strategy.”

Defence Minister Jeremy Quin, said:

“It is vital our armoured vehicles are equipped with the latest technology so we can maintain our battle-winning edge.

“These tests will ensure our Armed Forces have the latest, safest and most efficient technology, while continuing to support prosperity across the UK. They represent a potential opportunity to improve our vehicles sustainability and military effectiveness.

Alongside delivering multiple technical and operational enhancements, the introduction of hybrid technology will ultimately reduce the Army’s reliance on fossil fuels – a step towards the Government’s 2050 net zero goal.

Adopting greener technology into the MOD’s equipment fleet is part of the department’s strategy to reduce its contributions to carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. Measures like this will be reflected in the department’s ongoing Climate Change and Sustainability Review, led by Lt Gen Richard Nugee.

Lt General Richard Nugee said:

“It is great to see the Army testing electric vehicles that will benefit not only our world-class personnel, but also our planet. This goes to show how seriously we are incorporating sustainability into our operations, while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of military innovation.”

The review will focus on a range of initiatives from the MOD’s NZ50 strategy to setting the right baseline for defence’s emissions and carbon footprint, with findings set to be published in December 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Gilligan, Managing Director, Magtec, said: “Magtec is a UK leader in the design and manufacture of electric vehicle drive systems and is proud to be supporting the British Army in the development of new technology to protect British troops when they are on the move. Magtec has a strong track record in delivering drive systems for the most demanding applications. We are creating high-quality engineering jobs in the North of England and strengthening the UK’s position at the forefront of the global transport sector.”

New Emergency Ventilator designed during Covid-19 Pandemic

An emergency ventilator originally designed to treat COVID-19 patients has been re-imagined in the form of a portable, easy to use, low cost field ventilator by innovative engineering company Supacat.

Supacat provides engineering services to a range of military and civilian customers within Australia and Europe. Its core capabilities include platform and system integration design, prototype development and high end dynamic structural analysis.

The coronavirus pandemic inspired Supacat to start working on the project to design and make a simple ventilator as an answer to, what was, a potentially life threatening shortage of ventilators in Australia.

Supacat conducted a market survey and found an open source design for a ventilator by M.I.T, called the E-vent that fit the criteria and could serve as the starting point for a design.  A team of in-house experts and existing teaming partners quickly gathered to collaborate on the research and development to produce a working prototype.

As time went on, it became apparent that the Australian health care system was able to manage the virus and built a sufficient stockpile of hospital grade ventilators.  As a result of this, Supacat switched its attention to developing the ventilator as a field ventilator that has utility outside a hospital environment.

“The idea of the field emergency ventilator is that it mimics the use of a manual ventilator with a higher degree of accuracy and consistency.  The field ventilator is easily transportable, highly portable and can be used straight out of the box” said Michael Halloran, Supacat Managing Director.

“We’ve demonstrated the idea with a production-ready prototype. The prototype is a fully contained unit which includes the mechanisms, control system and necessary medical bags and tubing”.

Mr. Halloran was pleased with the collaborative effort by Supacat employees and Supacat Team Australia partners, “when we approached some of our existing partners to see if they would be interested in supporting the effort, the answer was always yes”.

The field ventilators can be manufactured quickly and cost effectively right here in Australia.  Supacat is looking for opportunities to trial the ventilator as it believes there is great potential for it to become an essential piece of medical apparatus used to support medics away from established hospitals and medical centres.

Supacat would like to thank Pelican Australia, Tectonica and WE Platt who collaborated on the project.

The Supacat Emergency Field Ventilator (EFV) was inspired by, and is based on, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology E-VENT project.  Further information and support on this open source design can be found at the MIT Emergency Ventilator Project website https://emergency-vent.mit.edu/.

Please see our short film showcasing the project:

About Supacat PTY:

Supacat was established in Australia in 2012 and has rapidly grown as a Compact Prime, delivering development, acquisition and support programs to the Commonwealth and global defence primes.  Supacat specialises in the design and development of high mobility vehicles for specialist forces around the world. In addition to its world class mobility products, Supacat provides engineering services to a range of military and civilian customers within Australia, Asia, North America and Europe. Its core capabilities include platform and system integration design, prototype development and high end dynamic structural analysis.

For more information on Supacat visit: supacat.com

For further details please contact: Marketing Manager, Sarina Brunott on Aus 0402 2761 36, or call Head of Marketing and Sales Nicky Yeoman at Supacat UK 01404 892 581

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