The New Zealand Ministry of Defence has awarded a contract to Supacat, to deliver Special Operations Vehicles – Mobility Heavy (SOV-MH) for the New Zealand Defence Forces.
Supacat is also in the process of agreeing a long term support contract with the New Zealand Defence Force to support the new fleet, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
The new SOV-MH vehicles are based on the latest MkII version of Supacat's HMT Extenda and provide a high level of commonality with the equivalent vehicles with other Special Forces.
The program will commence vehicle deliveries in the final quarter of 2017. The HMT Extenda can be converted to either a 4×4 or 6×6 configuration to meet different operational requirements. Its open architecture provides for various levels of protection and great variety in the roles and missions for which it can be configured. New Zealand is a new customer for Supacat and the latest defence force to join the HMT family.
The SOV-MH vehicles will be manufactured at Supacat's existing assembly facilities in Australia using Supacat Team Australia members to manufacture and assemble the vehicle. This represents the first time that Supacat Team Australia members will be exporting completed vehicles and complements the opportunities already emerging for Australian suppliers to enter Supacat's global supply chains.