DEW Engineering, Supacat team bid on Canada’s next-gen fighting vehicle program
By DE StaffGeneral Defense
Modular HMT Extenda Mk2 designed to support counter terrorism and conventional warfare operations.
Ottawa-based DEW Engineering and Development (DEW) and UK defence vehicle developer, Supacat, announced the companies will team up to pursue the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command’s Next Generation Fighting Vehicles (NGFV) program.
The program requires that the 55 to 75 vehicles it intends to buy be optimized for survivability, lethality, mobility, and durability, as well as sustainability, transportability, interoperability, electrical architecture and reliability. The vehicle’s primary role, according to the program, is in support of counter terrorism, high value task operations and conventional warfare.
To satisfy those requirements, the team is submitting the Supacat High Mobility Transporter (HMT) Extenda Mk2, which is designed to transport personnel and equipment into operational zones. Transportable by air, the HMT Extenda Mk2 is certified to be driven on all roads but can also be converted between 4×4 and 6×6 drive, by adding or removing a 3rd axle module, so it can operate in a variety of combat environments.
The HMT can also 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. In addition, users can select between open or closed cabs, different levels of protection, seating layouts and payload configurations, not to mention weapon systems.
“I have no doubt there will be stiff competition to win NGFV,” said DEW President, Ian Marsh, “but I am confident that the DEW Supacat team have a winning next generation fighting vehicle.” https://dewengineering.com