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

Camouflaging the Jackal fleet from the enemy

We chose to work with DDC because they are family run business and have authentic and ethical values, which match our own at Supacat.  As their strength is built upon these family values it is easy to build a mutual trust between both parties which gives confidence in developing our relationship as we move forward.

Devon Disability Collective (DDC) is a non-profit-distributing Social Enterprise that provides quality employment and training for people and committed towards enhancing independence and opportunity for those with disabilities by providing employment for people, supporting personal development, assistance into the workplace, supporting independence and promoting wider lifestyle choices, with the ultimate aim of reducing the unfair disadvantages that people with disabilities face in the workplace.

Their “Collective” structure enables businesses to collaborate with DDC to recognise the benefits of disability inclusion in their supply chain and demonstrate genuine commitment to their Corporate Social Responsibility goals.

Their experience in making heavy duty covers for large scale industrial machinery, such as gas turbines, and their ability to create bespoke solutions, where off the shelf products were unavailable, demonstrated that DDC had the capabilities to produce a Military cover for the HMT 400. 

The materials are military grade and specification, including technical fabrics such as Cordura, high tensile nylon, webbing, and using high performance thread ensuring resilience in testing environments.

These covers are built to shield the Jackal and military personnel from the enemy.

For more information email: [email protected]

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Finalist for Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership of the KTP Best of the Best Awards 2020.

A ground-breaking collaboration, between experts from Supacat Ltd and the University of Exeter, to spearhead a green revolution in defence and off-highway transport has been short-listed for a prestigious national award.

The innovative project, between Supacat and the University of Exeter, has been chosen as a finalist for Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership of the KTP Best of the Best Awards 2020.

The final judging for the influential awards, hosted by the Knowledge Transfer Network, will take place at a special ceremony on September 9th.

The project,  directed by Professor Chris Smith and Steve Austen, saw Engineering experts pioneer a new, electric-drive version of the ATMP vehicle – which successfully used by regular and special operations forces in combat zones across the world, as well as in a range of non-military applications, where world class mobility, durability and payload capacity has earned it much popularity.

Called the H-ATMP, Hybrid-All Terrain Mobility Platform, the new vehicle replaces its traditional diesel engine with six electric motors; one attached to each wheel, and can be configured for full electric or hybrid versions.  Crucially, for applying to a variety of rugged off-highway applications, the hybrid electric drive-train can be tailored and customised, depending on the mission, range, payload and operating environment that each vehicle will be used for.

The innovative, eco-friendly vehicle is now being developed further so it can be ‘optionally manned’.

The step change in technology integration and associated performance benefits is the result of a unique collaboration between the University of Exeter and Supacat, the defence business of Devon-based SC Group, under the Government’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme.

The project has already had a number of significant successes and led to new revenue streams for the company.

As well as placing both the University and SC Group at the forefront of developers internationally for electric hybrid drivetrains for high mobility vehicles, the collaboration has also led to the University of Exeter now working with more than 20 additional businesses across the sector.

It has also meant two new jobs have been created at Supacat for the two young engineers from the University, Matt Harvey and Yash Katare, who have led the development of the electric-driven and optionally manned ATMP, drawing on 20 years’ industry experience of Principal Engineers Simon Turner and Mark Field.  They will work on developing the technology for Supacat’s defence market and to serve the wider marine, rail, energy or emergency services markets for SC Group sister business, SC Innovation.

Professor Smith said: “I’m very proud of the work we did on the H-ATMP, but also very humble to be considered for the Best KTP Award. This kick started what is now a region-wide push for clean mobility in land sea and air, with more than 20 companies working with us on a wide range of new vehicles and vessels. – The KTP provided us with an excellent challenge to innovate a new, cleaner electric powered vehicle, which has kick-started a fast-expanding stream of work with other companies in off-highway, rail, defence, and marine hybridisation and electrification research.  It’s catapulted us into a leading position in innovation for new clean power systems for all kinds of transport.”

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.

Sean Fielding, Director of Innovation, Impact and Business at the University of Exeter said: “Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are a brilliant way for ambitious businesses to gain access to the latest high-tech R&D and creative thinking.  Exeter has more KTPs than any university in the South West and we are very proud of the contribution our researchers and students are making to regional organisations.”

The University and SC Global KTP project received financial support from UKRI through Innovate UK.

UK leads green revolution in defence and off-highway transport

The University of Exeter and Supacat pioneer ‘off-road’ electric and ‘optionally manned’ autonomous vehicle.

As the UK seeks to deliver a ‘greener’ future following the government’s announcement in February to ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035 –  the University of Exeter and Supacat are helping to pave the way  for a green revolution in defence and off-road transport.

A hybrid electrical powered version of the All-Terrain Mobility Platform (the ATMP), one of the world’s most popular, versatile and battle-proven off road military vehicles, has been developed.

Already validated to successfully operate in a range of very harsh terrains, the vehicle’s  new technology could be exported to allied forces and translated into a range of challenging `off-highway`  uses, including emergency services, rail, marine, forestry and aerospace.

Engineering experts from the University of Exeter collaborated with British designer and developer of high mobility defence vehicles, Supacat, to pioneer a new, electric-drive version of the ATMP vehicle – which has been used by regular and special operations forces in combat zones across the world.

Called the H-ATMP, the new vehicle replaces its traditional diesel engine with six electric motors, one attached to each wheel, and can be configured for full electric or hybrid versions.

Crucially, for applying to other rugged off-highway transportation, the hybrid electric drive-train can be tailored and customised, depending on the mission, range, payload and operating environment that each vehicle will be used for.

Several commercial vehicle manufacturers have introduced electric drive trains into their SUVs and 4x4s, but electric and hybrid drive technology is very much a novelty in the military sector, and particularly when engineered into a high mobility vehicle. The H-ATMP can be parachute-dropped and amphibious, can deliver troops, carry up to 1600kg payload and haul artillery across extreme rough terrain.

Prof Chris Smith, University of Exeter, said: “The H-ATMP has to be able to cover the most intimidating and adverse terrain, while drawing artillery and carrying troops around the battlefield.  While it may seem that the technology is similar to electric SUV vehicles we see on the road, the reality is that is the H-ATMP will conquer rough terrain that would leave the best 4×4 stuck in the mud.”

The vehicle can also act as a power hub for field hospitals or communication systems, and because the electric vehicles emit little noise or heat, the vehicle is stealthy on the battlefield.

Now, the innovative, eco-friendly vehicle is being developed further so it can be ‘optionally manned’.  This vehicle will be able to drive itself over highly complex terrains while the driver can conduct other tasks or place themselves in a safer location for more dangerous operations, or it can be linked to a higher level mission planning tool to create an autonomous ‘system of systems’, which will help meet the many potential users’ aspirations for safety improvements, enhanced mobility or reduced manning in the future.

Earlier this year, Major General Jez Bennett, Director Capability British Army, gave a speech at the International Armoured Vehicles Conference & Exhibition that included plans to invest a further £100m in novel technologies, such as hybrid electric drives, next year.

The H-ATMP is due to be evaluated by a range of specialist users later this year.  Such has been the success of the project, Supacat are now well positioned to exploit their world-class expertise in the selection, integration and control of electric and hybrid drives for high mobility vehicles and intend to apply their expertise to other vehicles, such as their fleet of High Mobility transporters (HMT) in service with Special Forces around the world, including the `Jackal` and ‘Coyote’ in the British Army. It has already been applied in the control of a specialist on-road vehicle now entering production.

The step change in technology integration and associated performance benefits is the result of a unique collaboration between the University of Exeter and Supacat, the defence business of Devon-based SC Group, funded by the Government’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme.

Professor Smith said: “The KTP provided us with an excellent challenge to innovate a new, cleaner electric powered vehicle, which has kick-started a fast-expanding stream of work with other companies in off-highway, rail, defence, and marine hybridisation and electrification research.  It’s catapulted us into a leading position in innovation for new clean power systems for all kinds of transport.”

Steve Austen, Engineering Director and Chief Engineer of SC Group, explained that, “the knowledge that has been gained and distributed throughout the project partners is invaluable, resulting in significant additional revenue in the life of the project and high confidence of sustained additional revenue for the company in this sector over the next few years.”

These two projects have meant two new jobs have been created with two very talented young engineers from the University, Matt Harvey and Yash Katare, joining SC Group.  They will work on developing the technology for Supacat’s defence market and to serve the wider marine, rail, energy or emergency services markets for SC Group sister business, SC Innovation.

The original 6X6 ATMP was used as a highly mobile all-terrain ‘workhorse’  since its introduction in the 1980s, in both civilian and military roles. It was a favoured vehicle of the British Army and special operations forces, and has been deployed to Bosnia, the Gulf Wars and Afghanistan, amongst other international deployments.

For the new all-electric version, the development team stripped out the old diesel power train, and designed a new drive system using electric motors also made in Devon by Ashwoods Electric Motors.

KTPs help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills within the UK knowledge base. They 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.

Click here for more information on KTPs at University of Exeter.

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About the University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 23,000 students and is in the top one per cent of universities worldwide. Exeter is also ranked 10th in the Guardian University Guide 2020 and 12th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the University ranked 16th nationally, with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality, while in 2017, Exeter was awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment.

About Supacat

Supacat is the world’s leading specialist in the design and development of high mobility defence vehicles with over 1000 specialist, battle-proven vehicles delivered into service globally. Part of SC Group, it is an innovative engineering and design company providing global, defence focussed products and services with offices in the UK and Australia. Its agility and speed enables Supacat to provide and fully support high performance solutions in short timescales. The UK Ministry of Defence’s procurement of Jackal and Coyote vehicles demonstrates the regard in which Supacat’s capabilities and products are held. www.supacat.com

Supacat and NP Aerospace Signs Vehicle Partnership

In February, Supacat signed a partner agreement framework with UK Leading global armour provider, NP Aerospace, to deliver platform capability improvements for the UK Ministry of Defence protected mobility fleet.

NP Aerospace is the engineering authority for the MoD’s fleet of 2,200 Protected Mobility Vehicles until 2024* following the award of a £63m contract in January 2019. Supacat is the OEM and design authority for the Jackal and Coyote base vehicle platforms. Under the MoD’s PMETS (Protected Mobility Engineering & Technical Support) contract, NP Aerospace and Supacat are delivering capability improvements across numerous domains including environmental, safety and technical innovation.

James Kempston, CEO, NP Aerospace, comments: “As design authority for the Jackal and Coyote platforms, both of which rely on superior mobility and tactical awareness – Supacat brings a wealth of expertise to the team. Tasking collaboration through the MoD PMETS contract ensures we are able to deliver platform capability improvements that will have a major impact on the UK armed forces on operation, in the shortest timeframe possible and via the most cost-effective means. Having a lead engineering authority across multiple vehicle OEMs** delivers value for money through component and system commonality.”

Nicholas Ames, Chief Executive of SC Group, parent of Supacat, comments: “Supacat has a long-established relationship with NP Aerospace as a major armour manufacturer and vehicle integrator with a long-standing heritage in lightweight ballistic composites and vehicle programmes. This is an exciting opportunity to work together once again, for our customer to benefit Jackal and Coyote and potentially other vehicles in the fleet. We are both agile SMEs and our partnership enables us to introduce new technologies and tailored modification packages that ensure vehicles remain safe and supportable and can meet changing operational requirements.”

*The vehicles covered under the PMETS contract include the Mastiff, Wolfhound, Ridgback, Buffalo, Choker, RODET, Foxhound, Jackal, Coyote and Husky.

**NP Aerospace works with all of the vehicle OEMs for the MoD protected mobility fleet including General Dynamics, Navistar and Supacat.

Pictured Left to Right: James Kempston, CEO, NP Aerospace and Nicholas Ames, Chief Executive, SC Group-Global, taken in February 2020.

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Caroline Hardiman

Marketing Manager, NP Aerospace

Direct: +44 (0) 24 7670 2808  ext. 145

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Nicky Yeoman

Head of Marketing and Operations at SC Group

Tel: +44 (0) 7568 106904

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Celia Turner

PR Consultant, SC Group

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About NP Aerospace

NP Aerospace is a global armour technology manufacturer and vehicle integrator with an extensive portfolio developed using ultra-lightweight, high performance materials. Our products protect the lives of military and law enforcement personnel, enhancing security and resilience in high threat environments. The portfolio includes Ballistic Helmets and Shields, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Suits, Body Armour Plates and Composite Armour for vehicles, vessels or aircraft. NP Aerospace has integrated and supported over 2,000 military vehicles and supplied one million combat helmets to UK, Canada, Italy and NATO allies and 200,000 body armour plates to British and Canadian Armed Forces. To find out more visit www.npaerospace.com

About Supacat

Supacat is the world’s leading specialist in the design and development of high mobility defence vehicles with over 1000 specialist, battle-proven vehicles delivered into service globally. Part of SC Group, it is an innovative engineering and design company providing global, defence focussed products and services with offices in the UK and Australia. Its agility and speed enables Supacat to provide and fully support high performance solutions in short timescales. The UK Ministry of Defence’s procurement of Jackal and Coyote vehicles demonstrates the regard in which Supacat’s capabilities and products are held.

www.supacat.com

Supacat and DEW Engineering propose Next Generation Fighting Vehicle

In July 2019, the Canadian Department of National Defence announced that it will replace the Canadians Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicles with 55-75 new special operational vehicles which can be deployed globally.

In-partnership both Supacat and Dew Engineering will offer the High Mobility Transport (HMT) Mk2 Extenda Vehicle as the Next Generation Fighting Vehicle, to CANSOFCOM.

As with all previous variants of the HMT, the recently upgraded HMT Extenda Mk2 can be easily converted from a 4×4 to a 6×6 with the modular, self-contained third axle.

More than 1,000 HMT’s have been manufactured and deployed throughout the world.

For more details about the NGFV, please read the Esprit De Corps article.

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Customer notification *Covid-19*

As COVID-19 rapidly accelerates throughout the world and many countries have issued new directives in the past days in a response to the status of a pandemic. Many borders have been closed in Europe and in the America’s while China is slowly ramping up again. We would like to re-assure you that Supacat, is, also within these extraordinary circumstances, actively working on the situation to minimise the impact on our customers.

We consider it our responsibility and main concern to do our up most in order to maximise the health protection of our employees and customers. For this, we want to share with you a series of measures that we have actioned with immediate effect:

  • Supacat will remain operational but due to the need to maximise Human Resources, will only be open for business Monday to Thursday.
  • Our Stores Department will remain operational with split teams to ensure colleague safety and productivity.
  • We are promoting homeworking for the foreseeable future for our employees, wherever possible. We will be able to maintain all of our services and operations under this new directive.
  • When homeworking is not possible and an employee needs to be on site, we have taken measures to limit exposures to others.
  • We are limiting all business trips to those strictly necessary for ensuring the continuation of the business.
  • We requested all our collaborators to comply with the WHO regulations.

We will continue to keep you informed of any changes, in line with government advice and we appreciate your understanding and collaboration in these difficult times, which we will overcome as soon as possible.

We wish you all the best and ensure you of our continued collaborative working relationship.

Nick Ames
Chief Executive

Supacat ATMP goes electric

The Supacat All-Terrain Mobility Platform (ATMP) is under-going an ‘engine face-lift’, moving from an all diesel platform to an electric/hybrid vehicle.

Back in January 2020, Major General Bennett, Director Capability British Army, gave a keynote speech where he announced the impending developments and requirements of the British Army. Maj Gen Bennett expressed a requirement to “invest a further £100m in novel technologies such as hybrid electric drives”.

The Unmanned Systems Technology journal published an article by Peter Donaldson explaining that Supacat is ahead of the curve. The H-ATMP is the first platform in the Supacat range which demonstrates that Supacat is preparing for the future requirements of the British Army as announced by Maj Gen Bennett.

To read the full article published in the UST-Media click on the link below.

Read the article here

 

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