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.

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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.

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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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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

 

Supacat hosts off road drive day for Motorsport Endeavour

Injured soldiers take back control at the wheel of a Jackal

Some 60 injured soldiers and their partners, coping with both physical injuries and mental health issues, had the chance to take the controls of the world’s most acclaimed special forces vehicles at an event on 24 January organised by Motorsport Endeavour and Help for Heroes and hosted by Supacat at its off road test track in Devon’s Blackdown Hills.

The British military vehicle maker provided a range of its high mobility vehicles, including the 4×4 `Jackal` and 6×6 ‘Coyote’ which are part of the British Army’s core fleet. The vehicles were fitted with adapted controls for the day and the Supacat drivers were there to guide them around the track.

Motorsport Endeavour is unique in supporting the psychological recovery of service personnel and veterans through nationwide motorsports events. To date, Motorsport Endeavour has put together over 250 events with in excess of 5,000 servicemen and women experiencing high-octane, adrenaline-rushing motorsport events. Many have made life-long friendships and gained much-needed confidence and life skills, built trust and comradeship, and thus gained a more fulfilling life with positive self-esteem and resilience.

Twenty eight veterans and their loved ones from Help for Heroes’ Plymouth Recovery Centre also took part in the day. Veteran Neil Edwards, who served 21 years in the Royal Corps Signals and was medically discharged in 2017, said it was an amazing day, ‘It’s just a great opportunity to get back in the vehicles you used to work on during operations like in Oman and Afghanistan. It’s just a good all-round muddy adventure. To come to an event like this you do feel appreciated again. Makes you feel worthwhile again.’

Motorsport Endeavour was founded by Graham Raphael, who himself suffered paralysing injuries in 1977. He comments, “By definition service personnel have guts and they gain from many different aspects of these events, which help diffuse their problems. For someone who has lost his sight or a limb, giving them the controls of a vehicle makes them realise life isn’t over. The public may no longer see the coffins passing through Royal Wootton Bassett but the mental and physical challenges continue for them and their families. The carers are `The Forgotten Few` as they are often overlooked, hence we involve them in all our events”.

Nigel Platt, a former Royal Marine and Supacat driver who organised the event, said, “Our aim is to put a big smile on their faces. It gets many of them out of hospitals doing something they never thought they’d be able to do again, and taking back control, which boosts their confidence”.

Supacat has hosted numerous Drive Days for Motorsport Endeavour as part of its commitment to supporting the armed forces community. Last year it was awarded the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award for its support to the armed forces community.

 

Maj Gen (Retd) Robert Talbot Rice appointed non-Executive Director of SC Group

Major General (Retd) Robert Talbot Rice CBE has been appointed a non-Executive Director of SC Group, the UK headquartered engineering services company. The Group includes a number of international businesses including Supacat, SC Innovation, Proteum and Blackhill Engineering, whose products and services are used in sectors including defence, marine, energy and infrastructure.

Prior to retirement from a full career in the British Army, Major General Talbot Rice was the UK MoD Director Land Equipment, responsible for acquisition and support for much of the MoD’s land equipment. Before that he was UK MoD Head of Armoured Vehicles, in which role he was promoted to Major General in 2014.

Commissioned into the Welsh Guards in 1983, his operational service includes four tours in Northern Ireland; command of the British Battlegroup in Bosnia; and tours on the staff in Kosovo (in Headquarters KFOR) and Iraq (in General Petraeus’s headquarters as the chief liaison officer to the Iraqi Ministry of Defence).

He is a Chartered Director, and a Fellow of both the Institute of Directors and of the Institution of Engineering and Technology; and is a graduate of the Said Business School/Cabinet Office Major Projects Leadership Academy.

On his appointment to SC Group, Robert said: “I am very pleased indeed to be joining the SC Group Board, and much look forward to working with the other Board members to steer this successful and well regarded company through the years ahead”.

Nick Ames, Chief Executive of SC Group, said, “We are delighted to welcome Robert to the board. His wisdom and experience from leading from the top of the British Army, combined with his astute management skills in delivering complex procurement programmes, will be invaluable assets to the whole Group”.

Supacat receives Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award

UK military vehicle developer, Supacat and parent SC Group, have been awarded the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award, which acknowledges employers who have provided exceptional support to the armed forces community and defence by going above and beyond their covenant pledges.

Nick Ames, Chief Executive of SC Group, and Phil Applegarth, Head of Supacat received the Silver Award on 4 October from the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon, supported by his Deputy Lord Lieutenants, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB, OBE, DL, and Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Ridgeway KCB CB DL, Commanding Officers of 6 RIFLES and 165 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC, the High Sheriff and other Civic dignitaries.  The Lord Lieutenant also formally appointed a number of cadets representing each of the three Armed Services to accompany him on his official duties

The Silver Award is bestowed to organisations meeting specific criteria, which include proactively demonstrating that service personnel and the armed forces community are not unfairly disadvantaged as part of their recruiting and selection processes. Supacat employs many former service personnel and reservists who continue to serve their country and also regularly supports activities on behalf of the armed forces community.  The Awards scheme recognises the different levels of commitment provided by employers and allows the Ministry of Defence to publicly thank and honour those organisations for their support.

Earlier this year Supacat re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant, affirming its pledge to uphold the Covenant.  This is a promise by the nation, enshrined in UK law, to those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, that they are treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.

On receiving the award, Phil Applegarth said, “We delighted that our commitment to supporting the armed forces has been recognised with the Silver Award and are very proud to uphold the Armed Forces Covenant. It was a pleasure for us to witness the next generation of the Armed Forces attending this prestigious event and how the Cadet organisation provides an important pathway for individual development”.

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