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Supacat facility opens to serve Australian Defence Force

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: 13 December, 2012  (Company News)
High mobility transport manufacturer opens operations in Port Melbourne to serve the local needs of the Australian Defence Force

Victoria’s defence industry capabilities have been boosted with the opening of Supacat’s new facility in Port Melbourne by the Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare.

It is the first international operation for Supacat, whose special operations vehicles are used by the Australian Defence Force and other elite land forces around the world.

“Australia is the first country outside the United Kingdom where Supacat provides complete in-country support from prototype design right through to spares and maintenance.  It means we can work closely with our customer, the Australian Defence Force (ADF), to ensure the vehicles our soldiers are using are the best and safest possible, for the environments where they are deployed," the Managing Director of Supacat Pty, Michael Halloran said.

The Australian Army has used Supacat's High Mobility Transporter (HMT), a light to medium load carrier, since 2009. Known as the Nary, the HMT was specially designed for off-road use by Special Forces. A prototype of the next generation HMT Extenda will soon be delivered by Supacat to the ADF for evaluation, under JP2097 Phase 1B.

Supacat's new facility will provide logistics support to the existing Nary fleet as well as supporting the prototype during its evaluation. It is staffed by design, analysis and systems engineering professionals, as well as specialist project management and support personnel.

"The availability of these skills was a key factor in choosing Australia as the place for our first international operation. As the business grows in both Australia and Asia, we expect the growth in these high value jobs will be significant," Mr Halloran said.

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