The first of 89 top-line six-wheel military vehicles to be made by western Sydney’s Baker & Provan will be unveiled today.
News Corp reports that the first of the Supacat vehicles to be made in Australia will be inspected by defence minister David Johnston at Baker & Provan’s St Mary’s site, where the company’s 55 workers will assemble the vehicles under a $130 million contract.
“These are modern, highly mobile vehicles that can be reconfigured to suit the individual mission and the communications on board will provide digital connectivity across the ADF as well as our coalition partners,” said Senator Johnston.
The Defence Materiel Organisation announced the contract earlier this month for the vehicles, which are designed in the UK.
Baker & Provan is a privately-owned heavy engineering firm and Defence Recognised Supplier, specialising in metal fabrication using CNC machining.
The vehicles are the latest version of Supacat's HMT (High Mobility Transport) Extenda and are convertible to 4x4 or 6x6 configurations. They are used worldwide, including by the US Delta Force and the British SAS. The Australian SAS in Perth currently has a 31-vehicle fleet of the vehicles.