The UK high mobility vehicle specialist, Supacat, has signed a £23 million (US $34.8 million) contract with The Norwegian Defence Logistic Organisation (NDLO) to supply a new fleet of High Mobility Vehicles. Supacat is supplying the HMT Extenda vehicle, the most capable vehicle in its class with the highest levels of mobility, protection, payload and firepower.
Under the contract, the NDLO has an option for a follow-on order that would double the fleet. The award includes the provision of a comprehensive through life support package. The first «pre-series» vehicle will be delivered in late 2016 followed by full fleet delivery from 2017 to 2019. Supacat will build the rolling chassis at its Devon based facility and it is planned that final fit and integration is completed in Norway.
«Securing Norway’s High Mobility Vehicle contract is a prestigious win for Supacat. It reinforces our world lead in this niche corner of the defence industry and underlines HMT Extenda’s position as the vehicle of choice for the modern fighting forces», said Nick Ames, Managing Director, Supacat Group Ltd.
The NDLO will acquire the latest version of the HMT Extenda with modifications to meet Norwegian requirements.
The HMT Extenda is unique as it is convertible to a 4×4 or a 6×6 configuration by inserting or removing a self-contained third axle unit to meet different operational requirements. Like other HMT series platforms, such as «Jackal», the HMT Extenda can be supplied with optional mine blast and ballistic protection kits and with a variety of mission hampers, weapons, communications, ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance) and force protection equipment to suit a wide range of operational roles.
|Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)||7,600 kg/16,755.1 lbs||10,500 kg/23,148.5 lbs|
|Payload||2,100 kg/4,629.71 lbs||3,900 kg/8598.03 lbs|
|Kerb weight (with fuel and armour)||5,500 kg/12,125.4 lbs||6,600 kg/14,550.5 lbs|
|Turning circle (kerb to kerb)||13.5 m/44.29 feet||17.5 m/57.41 feet|
120 km/h/75 mph
200 Litres/52.83 US gal
|Maximum road range||700 km/435 miles||800 km/497 miles|
1,000 mm/39.37 inch
Cummins 6.7 L, 6 cylinder Diesel, 180 hp, 700 Nm torque
5 speed automatic
2WD/4WD, High low range
Air over hydraulic system ABS
Independent with air adjustable ride height
Runflat tyres, locking differentials, self-recovery winch, weapon mounts, remote weapons station, smoke grenade launchers, IR lights, Right Hand Drive (RHD) or Left Hand Drive (LHD)
Instructors from the Specialist Training Division are pictured training members of 1st Queens Dragoon Guards to operate the Extenda vehicle during an intensive eight-day course. The course is run at the Driffield Training area in North Yorkshire, which is part of the Defence School of Transport based at Leconfield. The Extenda is the six-wheeled variant of the Jackal vehicle with a load carrying capability at the rear of the vehicle and amongst other duties is used in Afghanistan for re-supply to areas, which are difficult for other vehicles to access