Supacat prepares HMT Jackal and Coyote for Operation Newcombe deployment to Mali with Light Dragoons


As OEM and design authority for the high mobility platforms, part of the UK Armed Forces’ core fleet, Supacat collaborated with Exsel Design & Integration Limited (Exsel) to bring equipment for Armour and Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) protection up to the latest Theatre Ready Standard. Exsel supplied a new Vehicle Installation Kit for integrating the ECM equipment in a £1.7m contract placed by Supacat.

Supacat and Exsel worked closely with the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence, the Light Dragoons and 1st Combat Support Battalion and Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers to complete the programme to bring the Jackal 2A and Coyotes up to full operational capability for deployment. The Light Dragoons are providing a long-range reconnaissance capability to Operation Newcombe in a reinforcement of the UK’s commitment to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) peacekeeping mission to combat terrorism in Central Africa.

Phil Applegarth, Director of Supacat, said, “The Light Dragoons’ decision to operate HMTs in Mali testifies to the value and trust they place in the vehicles and there has been a strong team collaboration to ensure they are equipped with the very best for this mission”.


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.

About Exsel Design & Integration

Exsel Design & Integration’s precision engineering & manufacturing facility, based in Worcester, provides innovative design and build, certification and installation of electromechanical, communications and training systems into mobile and containerised platforms for rapid deployment and severe environment applications. Exsel design, manufacture, install and support many mobile platforms including a long established relationship in the support of Supacat’s world leading products. With state-of-the-art facilities and subject matter experts on hand we are also well placed to deal with large scale ballistic & blast manufacturing and fabrication. Exsel Design & Integration is part of the Exsel Group – Protection through Technology.


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