British Army Lightweight Recovery Vehicles (LWRV)
British Army Lightweight Recovery Vehicles (LWRV)

Supercat Awarded Contract to Convert British Army HMTs to Light Weight Recovery Vehicle

Supacat, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of the HMT platform and NP Aerospace, the engineering authority for the UK Ministry of Defence protected mobility fleet, are progressing the development of new Lightweight Recovery Vehicles (LWRV) for the British Army; a conversion of the globally recognised High Mobility Transporter. LWRV (Light Weight Recovery Vehicle) fills a capability gap for a recovery vehicle with the off-road performance to follow the routes of the British Army’s HMT Jackal and Coyote vehicles, developed by Supacat. The solution utilises four in service Jackal 2 with the addition of Supacat’s innovative ‘Extenda’ removable 3rd axle to provide the recovery module and configure the 4×4 Jackal 2 as the 6×6 Coyote. The LWRV solution also introduces Supacat’s patented ‘Supalift’ recovery system technology that will allow the recovery of the Foxhound and HMT platforms.

A total of four Supacat LWRV vehicles are due to be released to the British Army later in the Spring 2023 – fulfilling a requirement for offroad capability in environments such as those seen in Mali, Africa, during Operation Newcombe. The vehicle development is part of the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) Protected Mobility Engineering & Technical Support (PMETS) contract led by NP Aerospace and contracted vehicle OEMs and partners. The modular design allows the new recovery vehicles to be returned to either Jackal 2 or Coyote with the respective removal or addition of the recovery module. It also offers the flexibility for further Jackal 2 vehicles, or the whole fleet, to be converted to the 6×6 Coyote.

Coyote HMT 600 Tactical Support Vehicle. (Photo by Supacat)

Phil Applegarth, Director and Head of Supacat, said: “We are proud to be able to deliver a solution that not only fills an urgently needed capability gap, but HMT’s modular design demonstrates its flexibility such as integration of Supalift’s game changing technology in extending the lifting capability of light vehicle recovery systems for the Army”.

David Petheram, COO, NP Aerospace, said: “As engineering authority for the MOD UK Protected Mobility fleet, we are pleased to be working with vehicle OEMs and partners to deliver enhanced vehicle platforms that deliver significant operational benefits for the British Army. The project has received great feedback and we look forward to delivering the capability over the coming weeks.”

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 operations in the UK and Australia. Its agility and speed enable 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. NP Aerospace is a global armour manufacturer and vehicle integrator with many years of experience leading complex vehicle programmes. The company has supplied products into the British Army since 1979 including personal armour, vehicle armour and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) suits. NP Aerospace has integrated and supported over 2,000 military vehicles and has designed, manufactured and installed the full multi-hit CAMAC platform armour for the Mastiff, Wolfhound, Ridgback and Buffalo vehicles used to protect army staff on UK MoD operations. NP Aerospace UK headquarters are in Coventry.