New Zealand’s Ministry of Defence has accepted the Australian-built fleet of Supacat Special Operations Vehicles – Mobility Heavy (SOV-MH).
The new fleet will go into service with the New Zealand Defence Force this year.
The vehicles, which were ordered in September 2016, 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.
Designed for, and used by, the world’s elite Special Forces including Australia, Denmark, Norway and the UK, the HMT Extenda is unique in being convertible to either a 4×4 or 6×6 configuration to meet different operational requirements.
Supacat said its open architecture provides for various levels of protection and great variety in the roles and missions for which it can be configured.
Michael Halloran, managing director Asia-Pacific for Supacat, added the delivery of the fleet is the first export from its Australian office.
"We are very pleased to have achieved our first product export from the Australian office. It is a great credit to the Supacat Team Australia members that we have delivered this fleet on time and to budget," Halloran said.
The SOV-MH vehicles were manufactured at Supacat’s existing assembly facilities in NSW using Supacat Team Australia members to manufacture and assemble the vehicle.
Supacat said this represents the first time that Supacat Team Australia members have exported completed vehicles and complements the opportunities already emerging for Australian suppliers to enter Supacat’s global supply chains.