Most dangerous prisoners in NSW will now be transported in two custom-built armoured vehicles dubbed ‘Supermax on wheels’

The most dangerous prisoners in NSW will now be transported in two custom-built armoured vehicles boasting ballistic protection and satellite technology.

The units, which cost $150,000 each, will be driven by specially-trained officers and used to move high-risk prisoners and accused or jailed terrorists who pose a threat to national security.

Minister for Corrections David Elliott has unveiled two state-of-the-art armoured vehicles, dubbed ‘Supermax on wheels’ by Corrective Services NSW, which are designed to escort high-risk and terrorist inmates.

The high-security prison vehicles are custom-built to ensure the community and officers remain safe when inmates of Extreme High Risk or a threat to National Security need to be moved.

“These offenders who are high risk or in custody on terrorism related offences pose a credible and substantial threat to the correctional system and the community at large,” Mr Elliott said. “The Extreme High Security Escort Unit provides the highest level of security for offenders being escorted to court or other matters.

“The heavy duty ‘Supermax on wheels’ is just one of a range of measures to ensure the effective management of the risk presented by these offenders.”

The vehicles are operated by highly trained officers with specialist weapons and equipment, and replace older vehicles which do not have the same features.

Security equipment fitted to the vehicles includes a fitted high-security inmate cell, ballistic protection and satellite communication systems. A range of other features cannot be disclosed for security purposes.

CSNSW Commissioner Peter Severin said escorting high-risk inmates is a delicate operation. The inmate is always in the immediate company of the Extreme High Security Escort Unit staff who control all movements and interactions.

“Extensive security planning and assessment is undertaken before escorting these inmates,” Commissioner Severin said.

“Inmates are searched prior to leaving the prison and upon their return. This process is about ensuring community safety and security throughout the journey to and from the centre.”