Jackal Military Vehicle

Designed and developed by Supacat, the Jackal is a 4×4 military vehicle used since 2007 by the British Royal Army and Royal Marines for reconnaissance and fire support missions. It has been produced in two versions; the Jackal 1 and 2. The second variant features a more powerful engine, better armor protection against roadside bombs, and more load capacity. It has an adjustable air suspension system, which can be lowered or raised to overcome land obstacles. They were successfully deployed in Afghanistan where they saw combat action. With a crew of 2 + 2 troops, the Jackal can be armed with a Heckler & Koch automatic grenade launcher or an M2 Browning .50-caliber machine gun, plus a 7.62mm machine gun.


Type: fire support military vehicle

Weight: 6,700 kg (Jackal 2); 6,550 kg (Jackal 1)

Length: 17 ft 8 in (5.39 m)

Width: 6 ft 7 in (2 m)

Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.97 m)

Engine: one 5.9-liter, 185-hp Cummins ISBe Euro3

Maximum speed: 81 mph (130 km/h)

Range: 300 miles



Jackal in action (video)


Ratel 90 IFV

The Ratel 90 is a six-wheeled (6×6) infantry fighting vehicle, designed and manufactured by Sandock-Austral for the South African Army. Used as a reconnaissance and infantry support vehicle, it is fitted with a 90mm GT2 rifled gun, mounted on a rotating turret, and a 7.62mm machine gun. It is also a troop carrier as it can transport up to 7 well-equipped infantry men. Although it is lightly armored (20mm-thick steel), the Ratel is a fast vehicle, powered by an ADE 407TI turbocharged diesel engine that generate 315 hp, capable of developing 105 km/h (70mph). The Ratel 20 features the same hull, wheels, and engine, but its main armament consists of a 20mm automatic gun, mounted on a smaller turret. The Ratel-ZT3 is armed with MILAN anti-tank guided missiles and the Ratel 60 version with a 60mm mortar. All these military vehicles, except the ZT3 model, were used during the South African Border War (1966-1989).



M2 & M3 Half-Tracks

The M2 and M3 Half-tracks were World War II American military vehicles used by the US and British Armies from 1941. Although most of them were personnel carriers, they were also used to tow all sorts of artillery pieces. Both vehicles looked similar in appearance and were powered by one White 160AX 6-cylinder gasoline engine, that generated 147 hp. They mounted either a .30 (7.62mm) or a .50-caliber Browning machine guns. They had weak armor protection, 12mm-thick on the front and only 6mm on the sides. The White Motor Company turned out thousands upon thousands of M2 and M3 half-tracks, which were used in every theaters of the war.


SdKfz 10 Half-track

The Sd Kfz 10 (Sonderkraftfahrzeug), also known as leichter Zugkraftwagen II, was a World War II, half-track, military vehicle developed and manufactured by Demag for the German government, entering service with the Wehrmacht in late 1938. Employed by the infantry to tow light artillery pieces, it was used in the Polish campaign, the Battle of France, on the Eastern Front, North Africa, the Battle of Normandy, and other military campaign of the war. Many of them were armed with  20mm Flak 30/38 AA guns.

The Sd Kfz 10 power plant consisted of one Maybach HL 38/or 42 6-cylinder gasoline engine, delivering 105 hp. Its maximum speed on road was 65 km/h, with a range 150 km cross-country. With 5 double roadwheels, the two front wheels were fitted with leaf springs and shock absorbers. Loaded, it weighed 10.1 tons. Its drawback was that its tracks were not wide enough to run along the swampy muddy roads of Russia when snow began to melt.



Polaris MRZR

The Polaris MRZR is a wheeled, 4×4, all-terrain, light military vehicle used by Special Forces. Developed by Polaris Defense, it was introduced in 2012 in two versions: the MRZR 2 (two-seat) and the MRZR 4 (four-seat). It is powered by a Polaris ProStar 900 2-Cyl, gasoline engine, that generates 88 hp. It has electronic fuel injection and 4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, with dual-bore front and rear calipers. It has a top speed of 60 mph.



Sand Cat Armored Vehicle

The Sand Cat is a wheeled, 4×4, armored vehicle developed from the Ford F-550 chassis by the Israeli firm Plasan Sasa Ltd. Manufactured since 2005, it entered service with the Israel Defense Forces in 2007. It is also produced by Oshkosh Corporation of Wisconsin and is used by law-enforcement agencies around the world. Protected by composite armor that consists of 3 layers of different materials, a Sand Cat variant offers a small turret fitted on the vehicle roof to accommodate a gunner and his machine gun. The Sand Cat is powered by a 6.4 liter turbocharged V8 diesel engine, that generates 325 horsepower, and has a maximum speed of 130 km per hour (75 mph). The five-door version can carry up to 8 personnel.

Technical Data

Weight: 9,000 kg (19,500 lb)

Overall length: 198 inches

Width: 85 inches

Engine: 6.4 liter Ford V8 diesel