Its most unusual feature is an air suspension system which can be lowered right down to provide a stable firing platform, or to allow the vehicle to fit into a Chinook helicopter.
Out on the road, the suspension can be raised to give a ground clearance of 380 mm.
Combined with the Jackal’s 6.7-litre Cummins straight-six diesel Engine, this provides outstanding off-road mobility.
When Autocar magazine test-drove the Jackal, they compared it to the “indomitable, go-anywhere feel you get from a Land Rover Defender,” only the Jackal was “ten times better.”
This all-terrain capability means it can avoid commonly-used routes which are more likely to be mined.
The Jackal replaces the Snatch Land Rover, and scores over it in the crucial area of protection, especially against mines.
The first mine-resistant vehicles were developed by South Africa in the 1960s to counter the same type of threat experienced in Iraq and Afghanistan today.
After extensive testing of different designs, they found that the blast from a mine could be effectively re-directed by having an elevated chassis and a V-shaped hull rather than a flat one.
The Jackal has mine protection built in, though as can be seen from its relatively low profile, the hull design is not as extreme as the US MRAP vehicles or the original South African Buffel which looks like a boat on wheels.
In addition to its mobility and protective features, the Jackal also boasts significant firepower.
There’s a General-Purpose Machine Gun for crew protection, plus either a Heavy Machine Gun or a Grenade Machine Gun as the main weapons system. This is mounted in a gun ring giving a 360-degree field of fire.