Started in 2013....Completed July 2016



.: Simon Godfree's Airfix Supacat Jackal

# A05301
Modelling Time:
40 hrs
PE/Resin Detail:
"Well engineered and highly detailed model. The figures in the model are from the separate British Forces Vehicle Crew (A03702), for some additional interest."

Jackal (vehicle)

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MWMIK (Jackal)
A Jackal Armoured Vehicle is put through it's paces in the desert at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan MOD 45148137.jpg
A Jackal armoured vehicle at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.
Type Armoured Wheeled Vehicle
Place of origin  United Kingdom
Production history
Designer Supacat
Weight 6.650 long tons (6.757 t)
Length 5.39 m (17 ft 8 in)
Width 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) (not including weapon system)
Crew 4+1.

Armour Additional composite armour kit
12.7mm heavy machine gun,or
Heckler & Koch GMG
7.62 mm general purpose machine gun
Engine 5.9 litre Cummins ISBe Euro3
185 bhp (134 kW)
Suspension Independent double wishbone, air operated springs and external bypass shock absorbers (2 per wheel station) with variable ride height
Speed 130 km/h (81 mph)

The Jackal or MWMIK (pronounced EmWimmick) or Mobility Weapon-Mounted Installation Kit is a family of vehicles designed and developed by Supacat Ltd at their factory in Honiton, Devon (UK) for use by the British Army.

The primary role of the vehicle in the British Army is deep battlespace reconnaissance, rapid assault and fire support - roles where mobility, endurance and manoeuvrability are important - and it has also been used for convoy protection.

Small production runs are manufactured at the Honiton factory but larger batches are manufactured by Plymouth based company DML (part of Babcock Marine Services, owned by Babcock International Group). The initial order was for up to 100[1] and it was announced on June 27, 2008 that the MOD would be ordering a further 72.[2] On Jun 23, 2010 it was announced by the Ministry of Defence that 140 additional Jackal 2 vehicles were being ordered, and according to the same source this would bring the number of Jackals in service up to 500.[3]

The MWMIK can carry increased payload and fuel compared to its predecessor, allowing it to carry greater amounts of additional equipment and protection over longer distances, and it is able to support itself and its crew for distances of over 497 mi (800 km).[4]

Design and development

According to the Ministry of Defence, the Jackal "was built to meet the British Army's specific requirements for an agile, well-armed, light patrol vehicle."[4] The vehicle's suspension system provides a more stable firing platform while moving and the 1 metre ground clearance allows it to clear large obstacles. The high levels of off-road mobility enable troops to avoid more conventional routes which may be subject to ambush or enemy reconnaissance.[4]

The vehicle is based on the HMT (High Mobility Truck) 400 high-mobility 4×4 design developed by a former subsidiary of Supacat, now built under licence from Lockheed Martin.[5][6] The chassis is built by Universal Engineering Ltd, the engine by Cummins, the transmission by Allison, the suspension shock absorbers by Fox Racing Shox[7] and the electronics package by Fujitsu and Smartgauge Electronics. The blast and ballistic armour packages, and the blast mitigating seating were designed and built by Jankel Armouring Ltd. The vehicles can be fitted with a range of weapons, such as a 12.7 mm Heavy Machine Gun, 7.62 mm General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) and 40 mm Automatic Grenade Launcher.

The Jackal is capable of maintaining off-road speeds of up to 49 mph (79 km/h) and can reach a top speed of 80 mph (130 km/h).

Afghanistan deployment

The vehicle was procured to provide British forces in Afghanistan with an off-road patrol and fire-support vehicle with increased performance, supplementing the Land Rover Wolf WMIK and the Snatch Land Rover which previously fulfilled the role.[8] In particular the Snatch Land Rover, although able to withstand small arms fire, is vulnerable to improvised explosive devices and was labelled by some a "mobile coffin".[4][9][10] On 8 April 2008, it was announced that the MWMIK had been deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as the Jackal 4x4 Patrol Vehicle.[11]

The Ministry of Defence has stated that the design of the vehicle hull incorporates the latest armour protection and that it is considered to be among the best in the world. The HMT 400 mine blast and ballistic protection system was developed for Supacat by Jankel Armouring Ltd. It features armour plating beneath the crew compartment and on the vehicle sides, as well as attenuating seats that absorb shock from any mine blast. The top of the cabin is left open for visibility, which affords the vehicle protection through its manoeuvrability and main armament stand-off distance. These enable it to avoid exposure to riskier IED prone routes. Despite this Jackal crews have suffered a number of IED attacks, some fatal. [12][13][14]

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