Supacat has been awarded a contract for the delivery of special operations vehicles – commando (SOV-Cdo) to the Australian Defence Forces (ADF).

Awarded by the Australian Defence Material Organisation (DMO), the $105m contract requires the company to supply a total of 89 SOV-Cdo vehicles under the JP2097 Ph 1B (REDFIN) programme.

The agreement follows the successful completion of the prototype development and evaluation phase, during which the company built and delivered the SOV-Cdo prototype.

"The new SOV-Cdo vehicle is designed to address specific ADF requirements."

Based on the latest Mk2 version of Supacat’s HMT Extenda, the new SOV-Cdo vehicle is designed to address specific ADF requirements.

Supacat Group managing director Nicholas Ames said: "This is the first of the Mk2 HMT Extenda’s to go into production and represents a significant increase in capability in terms of protection, transportability and firepower, while retaining the mobility and versatility for which the vehicle has become well known."

Supacat Group Australia managing director Michael Halloran said: "The award of this contract is another important stepping stone in the development of our presence in the Asia Pacific market and is due recognition of the performance of Supacat and our partners in the Australian market to date."

Under the contract, the company will deliver the vehicles in four reconfigurable roles, emphasising the flexibility of the HMT platform.

HMT Extenda is designed for use by Special Forces, and can be readily converted to either a 4×4 or 6×6 configuration by fitting or removing a modular, self-contained third axle unit.

The vehicle’s open architecture provides various levels of protection and enables integration of a range of mission hampers, weapons, communications and force protection equipment for varied operational roles.

Supacat has collaborated with Australian companies throughout New South Wales and Victoria for the production of components and assembly of the vehicles at a facility in Western Sydney.

The company also opened offices in Australia in January 2012 to manage its activities in the Asia Pacific region and to deliver the ADF programme.

Defence Technology