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Supacat Jackal

Patrol vehicle

Supacat Jackal

The Supacat Jackal is suited to the desert terrain and is usually employed by commandos



Entered service 2008
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 2 + 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 5.5 t
Maximum load 2.1 t
Length 5.39 m
Width 2 m
Height 1.97 m
Mobility
Engine Cummins 5.9-liter diesel
Engine power 185 hp
Maximum road speed 145 km/h
Range 800 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5
Trench 0.5 m
Fording 1 m

 

   The Supacat Jackal 4x4 patrol vehicle (also known as the MWMIK o Mobility Weapons Mount Instalation Kit) was developed from the Supacat HTM 400. It was originally developed for SAS requirements to replace the ageing Land Rover WMIKs (Weapons Mounted Installation Kit). This patrol vehicle was accepted to service with the Royal Army in 2008. Over 500 of these vehicles were ordered. It has been deployed with commandos and regular army units in Afghanistan. This vehicle is well suited to the desert terrain. It is used for long-range reconnaissance missions. Jackal has been ordered by three undisclosed countries, presumably Australia, Denmark and USA.

   Unlike many other modern military vehicles the Supacat Jackal has a very different concept. It is an open vehicle, where emphasis is stressed on firepower and visibility rather than protection. It exploits it's mobility in order to avoid contacts with enemy.

   This patrol vehicle has a crew of three. Just like the Land Rover WMIK, the Jackal has provision for two crew served weapons. Vehicle is armed with a 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm machine gun, or automatic grenade launcher. The second 7.62-mm machine gun is used by commander.

   The Jackal can be fitted with add-on armor kit. It is also fitted with smoke grenade discharges. Despite that protection is absent on the base model of the Supacat Jackal and it is highly vulnerable to landmines and ambushes. Main defenses of this vehicle are speed and maneuvering.

   The Supacat Jackal is powered by a Cummins 5.9-liter turbocharged diesel engine, developing 185 hp. Vehicle has unusual mid-engined drivetrain layout. It can be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules aircraft or CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

 

Variants

 

   Supacat Jackal 2, an improved version of the Jackal. Vehicle has a stronger chassis, larger engine. It is powered by a Cummins 6.7-liter diesel engine, developing 180 hp. Two blast-protected seats have been fitted at the rear. A total of 110 of these new vehicles have been ordered for the British Army;

   Supacat Coyote, a 6x6 version of the Jackal 2. This vehicle is intended to support long-range patrols. It is also used to transport troops, equipment and supplies;

   Supacat Extenda, further development of the Jackal, with various chassis configurations. Base model has a 4x4 configuration, however a third axle can be added and it can be transformed to 6x6 in less than two hours.

 

Video of the Supacat Jackal 2 patrol vehicle

 

 
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