Baker & Provan to unveil first of 89 Supacat defence vehicles

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 4×4 or 6×6 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.