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Supacat teams to develop new fighting vehicle for Canadian special forces

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British multi-faceted engineering company Supacat and Canadian DEW Engineering and Development (DEW) have formed a team to pursue the Next Generation Fighting Vehicles (NGFV) program for the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command.

According to Supacat’s post at Linkedin, the NGFV program intends to procure 55 to 75 vehicles for expeditionary operations with high level mandatory requirements that include survivability, lethality, mobility, electrical architecture, durability and sustainability, transportability, interoperability and reliability.

DEW Engineering and Development (DEW) of Ottawa, Canada and Supacat of Devon, United Kingdom, have formed a team to pursue the Next Generation Fighting Vehicles (NGFV) program for the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command. The NGFV program intends to procure 55 to 75 vehicles for expeditionary operations with high level mandatory requirements that include survivability, lethality, mobility, electrical architecture, durability and sustainability, transportability, interoperability and reliability.

The DEW Supacat team will offer the Supacat High Mobility Transporter (HMT) Extenda Mk2 whose key missions are Direct Action in support of Counter Terrorism, High Value Task operations and conventional warfare. The HMT is designed to transport personnel and equipment into operational zones, including directly onto objectives. It is a world class expeditionary vehicle with exceptional off road performance. Over 1000 Supacat vehicles have been procured by the world’s premier Special Forces including the UK, USA, Australia, Denmark, New Zealand and Norway.

Supacat undertook a rigorous program of trials to verify the performance of the HMT Extenda. It successfully completed two 12,500 km tours of Australia in 2 weeks in order to verify reliability and performance over long distances.

The HMT is robust and well-protected, enabling long range and enhanced mission duration, highlighting the payload and self-sustainability of the patrol. It provides the crew with various options for engaging adversaries without dismounting from the protection of the vehicle, and its modularity enables users to configure the vehicle to meet mission specific requirements and environments. The HMT can be fitted with NATO Generic Vehicle Architecture to enable the integration of a wide variety of mission systems, including Remote Weapon System, Intelligence Reconnaissance and Surveillance systems, and C4 systems. It is also a superb joint fires effects vehicle.

The HMT is air portable and has been certified by a number of user nations with different aircraft. Unlike many other military vehicles, the HMT can meet the homologation standards, allowing it to be driven on all roads without restriction which reduces logistics burden and cost. Because of its modularity, the users can select between open or closed cabs, different levels of protection, seating layouts and payload configurations, not to mention weapon systems.

According to DEW President, Ian Marsh, “We looked for a partner for the NGFV program that had a history of designing, building and delivering superior Special Forces vehicles. In Supacat, we found the right firm.”

Director and Head of Supacat, Phil Applegarth says, “The HMT is often quoted as the Special Forces vehicle of choice and is in service with four of the Five Eyes nations. With NGFV we are keen to close the Five Eyes interoperability loop.”

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