Minister launches military vehicle designed by Dunkeswell team

PUBLISHED: 14:48 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:44 15 June 2010

A BUSINESS based near Honiton has today officially launched its new Coyote tactical support vehicle (Llght), due to enter service later this year in support of operations in Afghanistan.

A BUSINESS based near Honiton has today officially launched its new Coyote tactical support vehicle (Llght), due to enter service later this year in support of operations in Afghanistan.

Quentin Davies, Minister for Defence Equipment and Services, unveiled the vehicle at DVD, the annual event showcasing land equipment for the UK's Armed Forces.

Designed by Supacat, of Dunkeswell, over 70 of the new Coyote vehicles are being manufactured by Babcock alongside the existing Jackal 2 production line.

"The `Coyote` is the latest Supacat product developed to meet the rapidly evolving operational requirements of our armed forces. Coyote is an exciting new variant that will take the capability levels, both in terms of protection and mobility, of support type platforms way above that previously on offer to the UK forces," said Nick Ames, managing director, Supacat.

Coyote shares common design features with the Jackal 2 and provides the same increased levels of protection and mobility. It's 6x6 configuration offers a higher payload of up to 3,000 kilos and provides a large, flexible load space at the rear of the vehicle. Powered by the same 6.7 litre turbo-charged Cummins engine `Coyote` is equipped with a gun-ring and seats up to four crew.

In April a £74 million contract was awarded to Supacat as prime contractor, supported by Babcock as vehicle manufacturer, in response to the UK MoD's latest Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) to deliver more than 70 of the new 6x6 `Coyote` TSV(L) and around 110 Jackal 2, the enhanced, latest iteration of the widely acclaimed 'Jackal' weapons-mounted 4x4 patrol vehicle, also designed by Supacat and manufactured by Babcock. The contract for Coyote and Jackal 2 is part of the £700 million Protected Mobility Package announced by the MoD in late 2008.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Midweek Herald

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists