Supacat has received a contract to supply a new fleet of high mobility vehicles to the Norwegian Armed Forces.
Awarded by the Norwegian Defence Logistic Organisation (NDLO), the £23m contract covers the supply of an undisclosed number of latest variants of the HMT Extenda vehicle, with modifications to address the Norwegian requirements.
The contract also provides NDLO with an option to place a follow-on order that would double the fleet, as well as a comprehensive through-life support package.
Supacat Group managing director Nick Ames said the contract underlines HMT Extenda's position as the vehicle of choice for the modern fighting forces.
Designed for use by Special Forces, the HMT Extenda can be readily converted to either a 4x4 or 6x6 configuration by fitting or removing a modular, self-contained third axle unit to meet different operational requirements.
The vehicle's open architecture provides various levels of protection and enables integration of a range of mission hampers, weapons, communications, as well as intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) and force protection equipment for varied operational roles.
The vehicle is primarily used for scout, patrol and special forces-type missions, which are currently predominantly executed using the Mercedes-Benz G-wagen variants in the Norwegian service.
Supacat is expected to build the rolling chassis at its Devon based facility, while the final fit and integration will be completed in Norway.
Delivery of the first pre-series vehicle will take place in late 2016 followed by full fleet delivery from 2017 to 2019.