JP 2097 (REDFIN) Phase 1 seeks to enhance the Australian Defence Force’s Special Operations capability and will introduce a range of specialised vehicles for Special Operations Command mobility requirements. The Special Forces (SF) mobility component of the capability consists of a range of combat and support vehicles for various special forces missions conducted by the Special Air Services Regiment (SASR) and the 4th Battalion (Commando), Royal Australian Regiment [4 RAR (Cdo)].

Phase 1A

In 2006, Government approved the replacement of the SAS Regiment Long Range Patrol Vehicle (LRPV) fleet as an accelerated phase of JP 2097, known as Phase 1A. This replacement is a new Special Operations Vehicle (SOV) to be designated the ‘Nary’. For reasons of operational urgency, the Minister for Defence has approved the sole-source acquisition of 31 vehicles from UK-based company Supacat Limited with an on-board management and communications system to be supplied and integrated by the US-based company Tactronics to satisfy the required SOV capability. The ‘Nary’ Special Operations Vehicle fleet has been delivered and this phase of the project is expected to close in FY 2012-13.

Phase 1B

In 2007 the remaining requirements of JP 2097 were passed on to JP 2097 Phase 1B. Phase 1B was scheduled for first pass approval consideration in March 2009.

Phase 1B addresses the Command, Control, Communications and Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (C4ISTAR) and Land Mobility deficiencies by providing a Networked Special Operations Capability (NSOC) and a modern fleet of Special Operations Vehicles.

This phase seeks to enhance two high priority Special Operations capabilities, in order to maintain a capability edge over emerging threats to Australia’s national interests, namely:

  • The Land Mobility capability provides three fleets of vehicles to support the tactical manoeuvre of Special Operations forces and to replace obsolete vehicles. This capability enhancement would focus on the key requirements of mobility, survivability, sustainability, knowledge and lethality. This includes the SOV Direct Action, the SOV Logistics and the SOV Support Operations.
  • The NSOC provides an integrated information environment and a range of electronic systems to support the spectrum of Special Operations. This capability enhancement focuses on the key requirements of information exchange, information management, situational awareness, decision support and battlespace sensing. These systems are mostly light dismounted systems.

IOC will most likely include delivering an initial tranche of both Land Mobility and dismounted networking capabilities to the ADF.

The expected LOT for the vehicles will normally be 15 years and 5 to 10 years for most networking capabilities.

FOC will include the range of defined Land mobility and networking capabilities.

Source:  Defence Capability Plan 15/05/12 - JP 2097 Phase 1B REDFIN

Public Information

Defence Capability Plan 17/12/10 - JP 2097 Special Operations Vehicle

Defence Media Centre 15/02/11 - Enhancements to Special Operations Vehicles

Defence RFT Industry Briefing 11/05/11 - Industry Briefing Presentation

Defence Capability Plan 16/08/11 - JP 2097 Phase 1B REDFIN


Australian Defence Magazine 19/08/11 - Supacat offers vehicle for Redfin 1B

Australian Defence Magazine 13/10/11 - Supacat Team Australia Launched

Defence News 17/04/12 - Australia picks Supacat