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24 Nov 17. Supacat is exhibiting at the Netherlands Industries for Defence and Security (NIDV) Symposium and Exhibition on Thursday 30 November 2017. Having recently been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade, for Outstanding Short-Term Growth), the NIDV event forms part of a global marketing effort aimed to capitalise on recent export successes. Supacat will be exhibiting their Light Reconnaissance Vehicle 400 (LRV 400) at the event. The LRV 400 provides a highly versatile tactical capability for special forces; it can be transported centrally inside a CH-47 Chinook fully equipped and loaded, making it immediately and rapidly deployable. Also, it has the unique feature of being convertible from 4×4 to 6×6 to provide a flexible alternative configuration that increases payload, capacity and range to meet different operational requirements. Supacat intends to offer the LRV into a number of vehicle procurement programmes in the region and the NIDV show is seen as an ideal platform to showcase the capabilities on offer. Supacat has teamed with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Nederland B.V. to offer the LRV 400 into upcoming procurement programmes in the Netherlands. If an order is received, then RMMV will assemble Supacat vehicles in-country. With over 1000 specialist, battle-proven vehicles in service across the globe, Supacat designed the LRV400 to fill the gap in the market for an agile off-road vehicle sized between its HMT 400 Series (GVW 7600kg) and quad bikes. It carries a crew of 3 or 4 supported by an operational payload of 1700kg with a GVW under 5000kg. It can achieve high speeds on or off road and can operate up to 800km from the point of insertion, offering special forces a true long-range capability. Phil Applegarth, Head of Supacat said “we have been very successful in winning a number of major export orders for our special forces vehicles in recent years and we would like to capitalise on that success by offering our products more widely”. He added “there are a number of European procurement programmes emerging for vehicles in our capability space and we feel sure our battle-proven products will be highly attractive to the users. Supacat vehicles have already been sought out and purchased by some of the world’s finest units and we would like to add more nation’s armed forces to that list”.
23 Nov 17. Nimda eyes APC/AFV upgrades. Commercial and military vehicle propulsion specialist Nimda, which is headquartered in Israel, is eyeing a number of potential vehicle overhaul and upgrade opportunities in Thailand and the wider Asia Pacific region. The Royal Thai Army is a longstanding operator of armoured vehicles, with large fleets of armoured personnel carriers and fighting vehicles (APCs and AFVs), as well as main battle tanks (MBTs). It currently maintains a large number of M-113 APCs, with at least 400 vehicles in service with known variants including M577A3, M1064A3, M125A3, M901A3, M113A3 ambulance and fitters.
The army has in recent years been upgrading its M-113 vehicles, but a significant number of its fleet remains in need of modernisation. Nimda is proposing its proven M-113 N-2000 package, which includes a new power pack comprising the Detroit Diesel 6V53T 300HP Engine and the Allison 3000 series automatic transmission. The Allison transmission is fully electronic, automatic and is employed in a wide range of commercial and military applications around the world.
The N-2000 package also includes improvements to the engine braking system, cooling system, drive shafts, final drives, suspension system, shock absorbers, torsion bars and driver’s controls. When applied the enhancements enable the upgraded M-113 APC to carry additional payload such as add-on armour as well as a remote controlled weapon station fo