Supacat has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Navistar Defence to deliver collaborative future support to the UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD) protected mobility (PM) vehicle fleet at the recent Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) 2013 exhibition in Bedford, UK.
The MoU allows integration of the two companies' existing urgent operational requirement (UOR) based support structures to improve combined capabilities on offers as the vehicles are reintroduced into the Army 2020 core fleet following their arrival from Afghanistan.
In addition, the agreement will help the two original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with preparations for a strategic support supplier (SSS) type support arrangement that will enable the ministry to adopt industry-led solutions for fleet support management and to achieve efficiencies.
Specifically, the MoU involves delivery of support services for around 1,000 vehicles that have been supplied under several UORs through the UK Defence Equipment and Support's (DE&S) Protected Mobility Team (PMT).
Supacat managing director Nick Ames said: "We see this proactive step as a means to deliver cross platform efficiencies required by the MoD, while providing flexibility by putting the vehicle OEMs in the driver's seat."
More than 600 Jackal and Coyote vehicles that are based on the Supacat HMT vehicle, and 300 Husky vehicles based on Navistar's MXT platform have been procured by the MoD as part of the Tactical Support Vehicle (TSV) programme.
The vehicles are scheduled to be brought into the core fleet to serve as part of the UK Armed Force's equipment plan for the next ten to 15 years, as confirmed by the MoD.
Image: The British Army's Jackal armoured wheeled vehicle is based on the Supacat HMT vehicle. Photo: courtesy of Anachrone.