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.

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

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 ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH TROJAN’S TREK

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”.

Supacat seeks export markets and broader roles for HMT

After delivering 89 special operations vehicles (SOV) to the Australian Army, Supacat is looking to sell its family of High Mobility Transporter (HMT) vehicles into other markets.

Managing director of Supacat, Michael Halloran, told DTR that the focus is now on exports. “We want to go into Asia. We think there are good opportunities in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and maybe Thailand.”

In an era where combat vehicle dimensions and weight seem to be on an upward curve, the modest size of the HMT Extenda Mk 2 and a maximum weight of 10.5 tonnes make them well suited to the complex terrain and compromised infrastructure common throughout much of the South East Asian region.

The HMT Extenda Mk 2 was designed as, and remains, the most capable cross-country wheeled vehicle in its class. The unique suspension design along with the balanced arrangement of the vehicle, maximises the traction that is available from each wheel, providing high cross-country mobility.

Ease of operation, design flexibility and versatility also opens up the potential for the HMT Extenda Mk 2 for use in undertaking a range of roles within armies which may not have top tier fleet sustainment resources.

Running in parallel with the export push is an interest in promoting the other roles which the HMT Extenda Mk 2 can perform other than special operations missions.

“What the Australian Army now has in its inventory in the SOV-Commando is an incredibly versatile platform, and we need to get people to understand that so we can start thinking about applications for the vehicle outside special forces,” Mr Halloran said.

To illustrate this point, Supacat has mounted an Elbit Cardom 81mm mortar pack on the rear cargo bed of a 4×4 HMT Extenda Mk 2. This will be on display at the Land Forces 2018 defence exhibition in early September in Adelaide.

“If you think of the spectrum of capabilities,” Mr Halloran said, “we go from a platform with a mortar on the back through to the lightweight recovery vehicle at the top end, and everything else in between.”

The 6×6 version of the HMTExtenda Mk 2 are particularly well suited to undertake additional roles, with a 4m long rear cargo bed (extendable to 4.8m) and 3,474kg payload providing the potential to mount mission modules, weapon systems or transport cargo.

Examples of 6×6 protected cab and open design variants at the concept/prototype stage include a light recovery vehicle and a tractor with rear cargo bed.

Supacat Welcomes LAND 400 Decision

Supacat, which is a member of the Rheinmetall Land 400 team, welcomes the announcement of the selection of the Boxer CRV and Rheinmetall as the preferred tenderer for Phase 2 of the LAND 400 program. Supacat believes that Defence has chosen the outstanding capability to serve the Australian Army.

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 has been proud of its participation with the Rheinmetall LAND 400 team since the early part of the bidding process through to playing a key role in the RMA phase of the program.

Supacat now looks forward to playing a substantial role in the delivery and support of the Boxer CRV fleet. Michael Halloran, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, congratulated Rheinmetall on the Boxer down selection and said “We have been very impressed with the way that Rheinmetall has actively sought out Australian industrial involvement for the program. Participating in this program offers Australian SMEs an opportunity to further develop their capabilities and reach a global audience.”

Supacat has significant recent expertise in developing industrial capability in Australia through delivering development, production and support programs in partnership with Australian SME’s under the Supacat Team Australia 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. On top of our existing projects, 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.”

The interaction between Supacat and Rheinmetall is not limited to Australia. Mr Nick Ames, Chief Executive Officer, SC Group said, “We are delighted that the involvement between Supacat and Rheinmetall will continue through the LAND 400 program. This complements our interactions with Rheinmetall on a number of European projects.”

Supacat Special Operations Vehicles Accepted in New Zealand

Supacat has announced that the fleet of Special Operations Vehicles – Mobility Heavy (SOV-MH) has been accepted by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence. The fleet goes into service with the New Zealand Defence Force early this year.

The new SOV-MH vehicles are based on the latest MkII version of Supacat’s HMT Extenda and provide a high level of commonality with the equivalent vehicles with other Special Forces. New Zealand is a new customer for Supacat and the latest defence force to join the HMT family.

Designed for, and used by, the world’s elite Special Forces, the HMT Extenda is unique in being convertible to either a 4×4 or 6×6 configuration to meet different operational requirements. Its open architecture provides for various levels of protection and great variety in the roles and missions for which it can be configured.

Michael Halloran, Managing Director Asia Pacific said, “We are very pleased to have achieved our first product export from the Australian office. It is a great credit to the Supacat Team Australia members that we have delivered this fleet on time and to budget.”

The SOV-MH vehicles were manufactured at Supacat’s existing assembly facilities in Australia using Supacat Team Australia members to manufacture and assemble the vehicle. This represents the first time that Supacat Team Australia members have exported completed vehicles and complements the opportunities already emerging for Australian suppliers to enter Supacat’s global supply chains.

 

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