Mobility Troop - Supacat HMT 400
It had long been been rumored that the SAS and SBS were looking for a replacement for their fleet of Land Rover Desert Patrol Vehicles, which were coming to the end of their operational life. Two pre-existing MoD tenders, namely the Surveillance and Reconnaissance Vehicle (SRV) and the Offensive Action Vehicle (OAV) programs, were combined into one. The tender was won by British Manufacturer, Devonport and the resulting vehicle was the Supacat HMT 400.
The Supacat HMT 400, officially designated as the Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Vehicle/Offensive Action Vehicle (SRV/OAV) and codenamed 'Menacity', was first fielded by UKSF, including SAS Mobility Troop, in 2003-2004.
With a chassis and wheel-base looking closer to a truck, the Supacat HTM 400 has better armour, off-road mobility and load-carrying ability than the Land Rover 110 it replaces. The ability to carry more stores enables UKSF long range patrols to operate for longer with fewer, risky re supply ops. Despite its greater bulk, the Supacat is as agile as the Land Rover, and boasts an impressive top speed of 80 kph.
As with the Land Rover DPVs, the SAS Supacat HMT 400s can carry combinations of HMG .50 cal machine guns, MK-19 or HK GMG 40mm grenade launchers, GPMGs and Javelin anti-tank missiles. Smoke grenade dispensers adorn the front and rear of the Supacat and can be fired to create a smoke screen.
For rapid deployment by air, Supacat HMT 400 can be transported in RAF Chinooks and C130 Hercules cargo planes. UKSF HMT 400s feature run-flat tires and infrared headlight filters for use with night vision goggles.
Non-UKSF UK forces use the MWMIK 'Jackal', which is pratically the same design as the HTM 400. Differences include the carrying of 2 spare tires, compared to the Jackal's one, and, in initial deployments, a lack of the armoured doors and other panels of balistic protection found on the MWMIKs. UKSF HMT 400s were later fitted with bolt-on armour upgrades.
It's reported that UKSF also use HMT 600s, a 6x6 truck with many common parts to the HMT 400. The HMT 600 would fulfill the role of a 'mother' vehicle, a role previous performed by cut-down army trucks such as the unimog. The HMT 600 would be loaded with spare ammo, fuel and water and travel w ith a fighting column of SAS HMT 400s. Sharing common parts would simplify the logistics of such operations. The MoD went on to purchase this 6x6 vehicle as the 'Coyote', for use by regular units.
Supacat HMT400 Specifications
|Engine||Cummins 6-cylinder 5.9-litre turbo-charged diesel engine
|Transmission||Allison 2500 automatic 5-speed|
|Maximum speed||80 kph on mettled road|
|Wheels||20 in x 10 Alloy one-piece drop well rims or run flat rim system|
|Tyres||Michelin 335/80R20 XML MPT TL 141 K|
Adjustable steering column
Twin shock absorbers on per wheel station
(includes video showcasing the Supacat's off-road ability)
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