The Supacat Wildcat is a lightweight high-mobility military vehicle for special forces. It was jointly developed by QT Services motorsport company and Supacat all-terrain vehicle manufacturer. This car was originally designed for extreme cross-country motorsport, such as Dakar competitions and off-road rally raids. Initially built for civil customers this vehicle was militarized to suit military needs. The Supacat Wildcat is intended for long range operations. It has a range of about 2 000 km. It can carry out reconnaissance and border patrol missions. The Wildcat can be also used in a light strike role. This lightweight vehicle fills the gap between quad bikes and heavier vehicles. The Wildcat was first publicly revealed in 2011. Currently this high-mobility vehicle is being proposed for possible customers around the world. Some sources claim, that it is scheduled to enter service with the British Army in 2012.
Vehicle has a crew of two, including driver and commander.
The Wildcat is fitted with a light armor kit. Additional armor can be fitted depending on operational requirements.
This vehicle can be armed with various weapons. A demonstrator vehicle was fitted with a remotely controlled weapon station, armed with a 7.62-mm machine gun. This weapon system can engage targets while the vehicle is driving at speed.
The Supacat Wildcat is based on a Land Rover Defender. It is proposed with three engine options. The demonstrator was powered by a Land Rover 4-liter V8 petrol engine, developing 314 hp. Other proposed engines are an International 2.8-liter TGV turbocharged diesel (160 hp) and Land Rover 3-liter turbocharged diesel (270 hp). Maximum range with diesel engines is close to 3 000 km. Both automatic and manual gearboxes are available.
Vehicle was designed to operate in harsh environments such rough terrains and deserts. Chassis of the Wildcat features advanced suspension, so the vehicle can move at speed over rough terrain. The chassis is also able to take a lot of damage. One interesting feature of this vehicle is that the Wildcat has an onboard jack and can lift itself when stuck. Production vehicles will also have self-recovery winches. This vehicle is airportable.
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