The Info List - Supacat

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SC GROUP is a British multi-faceted engineering company which prior to a re-brand in September 2015 was known as Supacat Limited. Supacat was established in 1981 and based at Dunkeswell Aerodrome in England
. SC Group now comprises four companies: SUPACAT, SC INNOVATION, PROTEUM and BLACKHILL ENGINEERING .

SC Group initially specialised in the design and development of military and civil high mobility vehicles. Throughout the last decade the company expanded its portfolio considerably to encompass developing equipment for operation in harsh environments in sectors including marine, renewables , mineral exploration , oil & gas and nuclear power . During 2014, the then Supacat made a series of acquisitions in the commercial marine sector leading to the creation of the now Proteum based in Hamble, UK. At the end of 2014 Exeter-based heavy fabrication specialist, Blackhill Engineering , was acquired.

Supacat Limited rebranded to SC Group on 10 September 2015. SC Group is the trading brand of SC Group - Global Limited. The current Chief Executive is Nick Ames who joined the company in 2003. Nick Jones, original co-founder of Supacat, remains a Director of SC Group.


* 1 Supacat

* 1.1 All Terrain Mobility Platform * 1.2 High Mobility Transporter * 1.3 Supacat Protected Vehicle 400 * 1.4 Light Armoured Multipurpose Vehicle * 1.5 Light Reconnaissance Vehicle 400 * 1.6 Bombardier Lynx Snowmobile

* 2 Gallery * 3 SC Innovation * 4 Gallery * 5 Proteum * 6 Blackhill Engineering Services * 7 Television and film appearances * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 External links


The SUPACAT brand is retained by SC Group for the group's core defence business. Supacat develops and supports high mobility military vehicles and provides specialist engineering services for defence customers, and recently established itself in Australia.

Supacat Pty Ltd was established in 2011 with an office in Victoria , Australia
. In March 2012 Supacat Pty Ltd acquired Australian engineering design services company Unique Solutions Providers for an undisclosed amount. Supacat managing director Nick Ames said at the time: "The acquisition is the first in Supacat’s 30-year history and supports our strategy to access new regional markets and new industry sectors. It enables us to improve support for our vehicle fleets in service with the Australian Defence Force and it complements Supacat’s diversification into the oil ">

Prototype example of the Supacat All Terrain Mobility Platform (ATMP) Mk4. *

Supacat Jackal 2 at a media demonstration at Long Valley. *

Supacat HMT Extenda at a media demonstration at Long Valley. *

Supacat HMT 600 with four-seat cab and communications rear body. *

Supacat’s HMT logistic variant concept as shown at DVD 2016 *

Prototype example of the SPV 400 at a media demonstration in the UK at Long Valley. *

Supacat displayed the Light Reconnaissance Vehicle 400 (LRV 400) Mk1 publicly for the first time at DSEI 2013, Development of the LRV 400 continues, with details of the latest Mk2 (shown) announced in September 2015. *

Supacat’s LRV 600 concept as shown at DVD 2016 *

Supacat modifies and supplies Bombardier Lynx snowmobiles to the UK's Royal Marines.


SC INNOVATION provides engineering solutions to support all SC Group non-defence business. SC Innovation incorporates specialist vehicle work with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Royal National Lifeboat Institution
(RNLI) and the emergency services together with products and services for sectors such as oil & gas, marine, renewable energy and nuclear. Products include:

* The lifeboat LAUNCH AND RECOVERY SYSTEM (L&RS) was developed specifically for the RNLI and in response to a requirement for an up-to-date and highly mobile transport system for a new class of lifeboat . The L&RS design incorporates several unique features that include a permanent, software controlled, Four-Track-Drive system to provide mobility in all beach conditions. In addition, the cradle that carries the boat rotates through 360 degrees to enable ‘Bow First’ launch and recovery. * The SPECIALIST UTILITY VEHICLE 600 (SUV 600) is a production standard Land Rover Discovery
Land Rover Discovery
4x4 that is converted to 6x6 configuration for use in the emergency services and wider utility sectors. * The PROTECTED TRANSIT VEHICLE (PTV) was developed specifically for use in the oil ">

SC Innovation's lifeboat Launch and Recovery System (L">

SC Innovation's Protected Transit Vehicle (PTV) *

An early SUV600 as displayed at Eurosatory 2014 by Supacat


PROTEUM is the marine brand within SC Group and was formed following the acquisition of MDS Marine and Bukh Diesel UK.

Proteum represents and distributes a portfolio of marine products and services across the UK and Ireland
, these including Bukh, Marine Diesel Sweden, OXE Diesel and Konrad propulsion systems. The company has two UK offices, these in Poole
and Hamble.

At the DSEI 2015 defence and security exhibition held in London, 15–18 September, OXE Diesel launched what the company claims to be the first viable high power NATO
single fuel policy compliant diesel outboard engine for military users. According to the company, the 200 hp outboard has the highest power density of any marine diesel and incorporates a self-contained belt propulsor unit (S-BPU) to eliminate bevel gears and transfer shafts. In addition, the unit uses a conventional automotive engine block adapted for marine use, and unlike most outboards is mounted horizontally to improve reliability and reduce maintenance.


Typical example of Blackhill Engineering's heavy engineering capability

BLACKHILL ENGINEERING SERVICES is a heavy fabrication and machining specialist. Supacat Limited acquired Blackhill in late 2014.

Blackhill Engineering Services Ltd. has existed in various forms since the 1950s; originally its main role was to provide an engineering centre for English China Clays (Quarries Division), which looked after capital and revenue repairs, modifications, projects and servicing, for sites all over the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and Channel Islands
Channel Islands
. Early in 1995 the company became privately owned.

Production of SC Group's SC Innovation's Lifeboat Launch and Recovery System (L Supacat ATMP) * Top Gear (Supacat Jackal) * Top Gear Apocalypse (Supacat Jackal; Top Gear: Apocalypse)


* Supacat All Terrain Mobility Platform (ATMP) * Supacat Jackal * Bowler Wildcat


* ^ "Supacat acquires Blackhill Engineering". regensw. 2014-12-09. Retrieved 2015-09-09. * ^ " SC Group About Us". SC Group. 2015-09-09. Retrieved 2015-09-09. * ^ " SC Group Meet The Team". SC Group. 2015-09-09. Retrieved 2015-09-09. * ^ "Supacat Pty Ltd". Supacat. 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2015-09-10. * ^ "Supacat acquires Unique Solutions Providers". South West News. 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2015-09-09. * ^ "Supacat Selected by Rheinmetall for LAND 400 Bid". Supacat (Press release). 4 September 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2016. * ^ "Supacat develops new variants of HMT family to optimise Jackal and Coyote in Core and meet new requirements". Supacat (Press release). 31 August 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016. * ^ "ATMP". Supacat. Retrieved 17 September 2016. * ^ "High Mobility Transporter". Supacat. Retrieved 16 September 2016. * ^ " Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin
Enters North American Military Truck Market". PR Newswire. New York. 16 September 2004. * ^ " Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin
UK Announces Completion of HMT Vehicles Limited Acquisition". PR Newswire. New York. 23 January 2006. * ^ A B Neville, Leigh (2011). Special
Operations Patrol Vehicles : Afghanistan and Iraq. New Vanguard. Oxford: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 9781849081870 . * ^ A B C D E "Briefing: Wheels of the elite". Jane's Defence Weekly (Volume 51 (20)). 9 April 2014. * ^ IHS Janes Flyer International Defence Review, November 2015, Vol 47, page 12 * ^ A B C D "Supacat HMT high mobility transporter and variants". IHS Jane's. 2015-04-11. Retrieved 2015-09-09. * ^ Welch, Dylan (30 December 2010). "Army had concerns over Supacat buy". The Age. Melbourne: Fairfax Media. ISSN 0312-6307 . * ^ "Supacat to deliver 89 Special
Operations Vehicles – Commando under $105m contract for JP2097 Ph 1B (REDFIN) Program". Supacat (Press release). 19 August 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2016. * ^ "Supacat signs £23m contract for Norwegian High Mobility Vehicles". Supacat (Press release). 6 May 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2016. * ^ "Supacat to deliver Special
Operations Vehicles – Mobility Heavy (SOV-MH) to New Zealand". Supacat (Press release). 5 September 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2016. * ^ Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee (6 September 2016). "New vehicles for NZ Special
Forces". The official website of the New Zealand government (Press release). Retrieved 16 September 2016. * ^ Slocombe, Geoff (November 2014). "Project Redfin Phase 1B - Special
Forces Operations Vehicles Ordered". Asia Pacific Defence Reporter. 40 (9): 14–15. ISSN 1446-6880 . * ^ " Special
Operations Vehicles ( Special
Reconnaissance and Quick Reaction vehicles) - Notice of Proposed Procurement". Canadian American Strategic Review. August 2008. Archived from the original on 1 April 2016. * ^ Pugliese, David (26 November 2014). " Special
Ops: Wishlist of new gear". Esprit de Corps. Archived from the original on 20 September 2016. * ^ "SPV 400". Supacat. Retrieved 17 September 2016. * ^ "Production Standard Vehicle achieves 96% reliability". Supacat (Press release). 11 June 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2016. * ^ "Supacat develops new variants of HMT family to optimise Jackal and Coyote in Core and meet new requirements". Supacat (Press release). 10 February 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2016. * ^ "Supacat\'s LRV400 Mk 2 light reconnaissance vehicle makes Eurosatory debut". Supacat (Press release). 13 June 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016. * ^ "Supacat unveils LRV 400 `Mk2` light reconnaissance vehicle at DSEi". Supacat (Pr