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Supacat to support British Army’s CBRN fleet upgrade

Posted 8 July 2022

Supacat has been awarded a contract by Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) to upgrade chemical and radiological sensing equipment on the British Army’s fleet of ‘Fuchs/Fox’ CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) surveillance and reconnaissance vehicles.

Image courtesy Supacat / photo Andrew Linnett / Crown Copyright

The vehicles will be modified at Supacat’s facility in Dunkeswell, Devon, over an estimated one-year period. Supacat’s engineers and vehicle technicians will complete the integration work, meaning the contract will help sustain valuable jobs and skills for the UK and the company.

The contract is part of the overall £16 million UK MoD contract awarded to RBSL is October 2020 to upgrade and sustain the British Army’s fleet of Fuchs/Fox vehicles. RBSL is completing the engineering work required to upgrade the vehicles with the latest generation of sensing capabilities, with Supacat conducting the physical integration work.

Originally designed and developed by Rheinmetall, the British Army’s Fuchs/Fox vehicles have since been adapted into a protected platform equipped with automatic systems and sensors for detecting nuclear radiation, CBRN agents and other toxic substances. This latest contract will help modernise the fleet further and ensure operational readiness and effectiveness of the UK CBRN reconnaissance fleet.

The contract is the latest collaboration opportunity between Supacat and RBSL as Supacat grows its Engineering Services business to support global primes in the UK and Australia where it operates.

Phil Applegarth, Director of Supacat, said: “This contract demonstrates how our relationship with RBSL provides comprehensive engineering expertise to the UK MoD, by increased agility through RBSL collaborating with an SME.

“Our engineers are able to bring extensive experience in delivering fully integrated, battle-proven vehicle systems, as demonstrated by the HMT platform (Jackal and Coyote) to maintain this critical UK MoD capability.”





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