Supacat is a name that is respected by off-roaders and largely unheard-of by everyone else. It’s not famous like Jeep or Land Rover but its all-terrain vehicles come a whole lot closer to deserving the ‘go-anywhere’ epithet than anything you’ll find in a shiny new SUV showroom.
Already well-proven in the harsh terrain of the Afghanistan battlefield, the 400 has a unique air suspension system that allows the selection of a variable ride height to match the terrain and also, enable internal loading within CH-47 Chinook. Supplied with an optional mine blast and ballistic protection kit, the 400 can be fitted with a variety of mission specific hampers, weapons, communications, ISTAR and force protection equipment to suit a wide range of operational roles. Designed by Supacat, the HMT product is manufactured under licence from Lockheed Martin.
Those vehicles have taken many forms. But none have been quite like the Jackal. A 7.6-tonne high-mobility armoured vehicle, this was created for the British Army in 2002 and around a thousand now exist.
The HMT400, or the Jackal as it nicknamed can carry up to five personnel and 2.1 tonnes of cargo. The Jackal has a 6.7-litre Cummins diesel engine whose 516lb ft lets it do more than 80mph.
Supacat HMT400 (Jackal 2A)
Engine: 6 cylinder, 6686cc, turbo-diesel
Torque: 516lb ft
Gearbox: 5-speed automatic
Kerb weight: 7600kg
Top speed: 80mph
0-62mph: 12.0sec (est)
Economy: 11.3mpg (est)