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Seen at Withams this week, anybody any idea what they are and who manufactured them, they were roped off so could not get right up to them.097a.jpg

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Just Googled Supacat and it came up with HMT 6X6, presume "high mobility truck" it has a 5 tonne payload.

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FRIEND has just called in he works in the workshops at LECON FIELD he says they are based on the coyote

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There was a portee project that these were for I believe.

 

The project was canned and it all imploded and died.

 

That is as much as I know.

 

R

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These are Supacat HMT 600 MEP. 35 were built for the Soothsayer programme, a replacement for the Odette electronic warfare system. The whole project was cancelled in 2009 at a huge cost to the taxpayer. Most of them are in storage at Millbrook at the moment. This is what they would have looked like with the purpose built box body fitted to the Supacat.IMGP1745a_zpse62abb5a.jpg

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Aha - hence the "demountable bodies" that Withams were selling. Shame they don't keep them together!

 

The NAO report calls the vehicles Supacat Meonics.

 

Andy

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Thanks for clearing that up, from the original picture it was difficult to see if it was a 6 or 8 by.

 

The portee project was with M777.

 

Thanks

 

R

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Does anyone know if the demountable container was manned ? It seems rather lacking in headroom or is the cab taller than it looks ?

 

Iain

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It may be that the roof could be lifted up to create sufficient headroom. I have seen such already for big "mobile homes" (to lower the height of the vehicle and safe cost when entering a ferry-boat).

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