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DVD 2009 - Pack of hounds to be unleashed

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DVD - Defence Equipment And Support (DE&S)
: 06 May, 2009  (Company News)
The latest "go anywhere’ armoured support vehicles are to be showcased at DVD 2009, Defence Equipment & Support’s (DE&S) key stakeholder event, as part of the Protected Mobility Team’s (formerly Specialist Utilities Vehicles) display, allowing attendees to experience their capabilities first-hand.
The presence of the Jackal 2 and Coyote at DVD comes in the wake of an order announced in April from the MOD for nearly 200 new armoured vehicles to support front line troops on operations. The £74m order for 110 enhanced Jackal 2 vehicles and 70 Coyote Tactical Support Vehicles has been awarded to vehicle manufacturer Supacat, which has formed an alliance with leading engineering support specialist Babcock International Ltd.

The enhanced Jackal 2 features improved manoeuvrability and reliability and will be able to carry three crew members; one more than its predecessor. The Coyote Tactical Support Vehicle is based on a 6x6 derivative of the Jackal and will support the go-anywhere, high mobility Jackals across the harsh terrain of Afghanistan.

Both vehicles have been bought as part of the £700m Protected Patrol Vehicles package unveiled by the Secretary of State for Defence, John Hutton, last October.

Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, Quentin Davies, said: 'These impressive vehicles will give our troops increased protection on front line operations and with their purchase we are showing our commitment to provide our Service personnel with the very best equipment we possibly can. This contract comes as our newest armoured vehicles, Mastiff 2 and Ridgback, go to

Afghanistan for the first time, underlining our ability to deliver kit quickly to where it is needed.'

Attendees to DVD 2009 will have the opportunity to experience, first-hand, the capabilities of both vehicles during the two-day event on Millbrook’s challenging off-road course. This unique extra dimension to DVD allows companies to demonstrate products to their fullest potential, in a fitting environment

Supacat Managing Director, Nick Ames, said: 'This alliance will help to ensure that our Armed Forces receive the best possible equipment within the shortest possible timescale. The enhanced Jackal 2 and Coyote Tactical Support Vehicle will increase troops' protection and their operational effectiveness. We are extremely pleased that we can help in this way.'

Babcock's Equipment Solutions Managing Director, Roger Gillespie, added: 'We have previously worked closely with Supacat in delivering more than 200 Jackals to the MOD and this contract will further demonstrate that this method of design, production and delivery is the best for the MOD's needs.'

Jackal 2 and Coyote are scheduled to be delivered to the MOD from summer 2009 onwards. The vehicles are expected to support operations in Afghanistan from the autumn.

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