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06 September 2016

Land Forces 2016: Supacat to Deliver SOV-MH Vehicles to New Zealand

The New Zealand Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a contract to Supacat to deliver Special Operations Vehicles – Mobility Heavy (SOV-MH) for the New Zealand Defence Forces (NZDF). Supacat is also in the process of agreeing a long term support contract with the NZDF to support the new fleet. 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 programme will commence vehicle deliveries in the final quarter of 2017.

"We are delighted that New Zealand has chosen to join the HMT family," Supercat Group CEO, Nick Ames, said. "Interoperability is an important element for the Special Forces community and commonality of spares and support, is a key driver in maintaining relatively small fleets."

Designed for, and used by international Special Forces, the HMT EXTENDA is convertible 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.

"We are very pleased to have reached this milestone with our friends in New Zealand and we are dedicated to providing the NZDF with the best cross country wheeled mobility in the world," Michael Halloran, Managing Director Asia Pacific, said.  "This is a very exciting time for the Supacat team in Australia as it is the first time that we have entered into a product export 

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.