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.

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


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 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.

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

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:

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

Supacat contribution to first Boxer CRV for Australian Army

Supacat was delighted today to be represented at the ceremony handing over the first Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle to the Commonwealth at Gallipoli Barracks.

Supacat has been involved with Rheinmetall on the LAND 400 program since 2015.  To date the contribution has largely been on engineering, trials, prototyping and testing, but as the program has moved into the production element, Supacat has commenced design and build activities.

The first Boxer CRV is fitted with external racks designed by Supacat specifically to cater for the Australian Army’s requirements.  The racks were designed by the Supacat engineering team in Port Melbourne and have been delivered from Supacat’s assembly facility in Western Sydney.

In delivering these first parts, Supacat drew on the  expertise developed through its delivery of its HMT programs in Australia and New Zealand in partnership with Australian SME’s under the Supacat Team Asia Pacific banner.  These first deliveries exercised the skills of a number of Australian SMEs including Able Industries, Hoffmann Engineering and C.E. Bartlett.  Supacat’s involvement in the program clearly illustrates the benefits of the enduring capability developed as a result of Defence Industry policy.

Michael Halloran, Managing Director, Supacat, said “It’s an exciting day for all of the members of the Rheinmetall LAND400 team.  This is just the start of a long production run, and as MILVEHCOE opens in 2020 and the full production capability evolves on Australian soil, we look forward to growing our part in the program.”  Mr Halloran added, “We are also very excited to be entering the RMA stage of LAND400 Phase 3 and supporting the Rheinmetall team through that process.”


Supacat, part of the SC Group, is an innovative engineering and design company providing global, defence focused products and services with offices in the UK and Australia.

Supacat is committed to partnering with Australian industry and is delivering development, production and support programs with Australian partners under the Supacat Team Australia banner.

As part of Supacat’s corporate social responsibility program Australian Managing Director, Michael Halloran has been active in seeking ways in which the company can work with Australian initiatives designed to support service and ex-service personal.

Supacat is thrilled to officially announce their support of Trojans Trek and their endeavours to rebuild the well-being and mental health of veterans who have been adversely affected by their service.

An introduction was made between Trojans Trek Chairman, Moose Dunlop OAM and Mr Halloran and it was soon discovered that a collaboration between the two organisations would be would be a great fit. Following the initial discussions, Mr Dunlop travelled to Sydney to attend Supacat’s Annual Dinner on 24th October and share the story of Trojan’s Trek with government representatives in defence, partners and customers of Supacat.

Michael Halloran, Supacat Managing Director said “When we set out to find a veteran’s charity to focus our support on, I was amazed to discover that there were 3,200 veteran based charities in Australia. When we came across Trojan’s Trek, we felt immediately that we were on common ground. Their approach to outdoor peer support simply made sense. Trojan’s Trek has largely flown under the radar, because they have put all of their focus on the outcomes of what they do. They have had great results with minimum support, and we hope that with Supacat’s support they can provide that support to anyone that needs it.”

“Of course, the challenges of mental health and wellbeing go beyond the impacts of PTSD that Trojan’s Trek primarily supports. We see these challenges in our own business and ultimately we believe that this collaboration will be beneficial for our own staff as well.”

Supacat announce partnership: the first for the Rheinmetall Land 400 Phase 2 program

Supacat and Rheinmetall Defence Australia have signed a new partnership agreement to encompass Supacat’s participation in the LAND 400 Phase 2 acquisition program. Supacat will be among a small number of Tier 1 partners on the program with a broad range of activities across engineering development, systems requirements and validation and manufacturing of sub systems.

The teaming agreement provides the implementation framework for Supacat’s ongoing strategic partnering relationship. As an embedded partner on the program Supacat aims to be a seamless member of Rheinmetall Defence Australia’s LAND 400 program team.

Supacat was established in Australia in January 2012 and since that time has built a considerable capability focused on Land Systems in the region. In addition to delivering its own products and services within Australia, the region and globally, Supacat is proud of its collaboration with the Rheinmetall LAND 400 team from the early stages of the bidding process through to playing a key role in the RMA phase of the program. Supacat is looking forward to continuing to work closely with Rheinmetall on the LAND 400 program for many years to come on Phase 2 and future phases of the program.

Michael Halloran, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, congratulated both teams in achieving the signing of the teaming agreement and said “We are very pleased that Rheinmetall recognizes the value an Australian business can provide to its programs both here and internationally. Both companies value long term relationships and partnerships as one of the foundations of success.”

Supacat has significant recent expertise in developing industrial capability in Australia and New Zealand through delivering development, production and support programs in partnership with Australian SME’s under the Supacat Team Asia Pacific banner.

Mr Halloran went on to say “Over the last six years, we have strived to create an agile, compact prime, capable of delivering land projects within our region and services around the globe. As we continue to deliver projects and services both locally and for export, our involvement in the LAND 400 program will contribute to a lasting legacy of Defence Industry capability that provides Defence with access to a cradle to grave development capability for Land Systems”.


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