Al Jaber Group has selected Oshkosh Defense to provide the global heavy equipment transporter (HET) vehicle to support United Arab Emirates (UAE) armed forces.

Oshkosh and Al Jaber Group jointly designed a new global HET to meet the requirements of the UAE armed forces, which was rigorously tested and evaluated in extreme desert conditions.

The new Global HET is a high-performance, 6×6 transport vehicle with a 70t payload capability and is capable of transporting a main battle tank, armoured vehicles, construction and other equipment.

The vehicle will help the UAE military reduce the wear on equipment and crew fatigue that occurs when travelling long distances.

The details of the agreement have not been disclosed, however, the initial purchase of Global HETs is likely to take place by early 2012.