Contract signed for Special Operations Vehicles

The Special Operations Vehicle - Commando prototype is put through its paces in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria.
The Special Operations Vehicle - Commando prototype is put through its paces in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria.

The DMO has awarded a multi-million dollar contract to provide specialised vehicles to the Australian Defence Force’s Special Operations.

The DMO signed a $141M contract with Supacat Ltd to deliver 89 Special Operations Vehicles - Commando (SOV-Cdo) to the Australian Defence Force under the JP2097 Ph 1B (REDFIN) program.

The new SOV-Cdo are based on the latest MK2 version of Supacat's HMT Extenda and are designed to meet Australian Special Force's specific requirements, including recovery and airlift provisions, weapon and C4 (Command and Control, Computers and Communications) integration, and equipment load carriage. The vehicles can be re-configured to suit the individual mission and the communications on board will provide digital connectivity across the ADF as well as Coalition partners.

The contract follows the successful completion of the Prototype Development and Evaluation phase in which Supacat built and delivered the prototype SOV-Cdo. This phase focused on reducing key technical risks through the design, construction and integration of a single SOV-Cdo platform, complete with integrated weapons and communications systems.

The Project Office worked closely with Supacat and integration partner Elbit Land Systems Australia to ensure the platform was designed in accordance with highly specific Commando requirements, and managed the subsequent test and evaluation program to verify compliance. 

 Fast Facts
89 Special Operations Vehicles – Commando (SOV-Cdo)
• Flexible load carriage and seating for personnel
• Integrated weapons and communications systems
• High degree of situational awareness and visibility for personnel
• High mobility over harsh terrain
• Deployable using a range of land, sea and air assets
• Re-configurable into four main configurations (Troop, Mortar, Command and Control, and Logistics)
Then-Defence Minister Senator David Johnston announced that the contract will create approximately 150 direct positions in western Sydney and Victoria during the production, integration and through-life support phases of the project.

“The acquisition of these vehicles will enhance our Special Forces’ ability to maintain a capability edge over emerging threats to Australia’s national interests,” Senator Johnston said.

“This is an important step in the continued enhancement and modernisation of the ADF to provide for a safe and secure Australia.”

Baker and Provan Pty Ltd, based in western Sydney, has been selected by Supacat as the preferred assembly partner and will provide services including fabrication, paint, vehicle assembly and testing, assembly management, purchasing and quality assurance.

Australian companies Able Industries, AME Systems, WE Platt and Tectonica Australia will provide a number of key services including detailed parts manufacture, sub-assemblies, protection systems, weapon mounts, electrical looms and paint.

Initial Operating Capability for JP2097 Ph 1B (REDFIN) is expected to be delivered in August 2016 while Final Operating Capability is expected in June 2018.