Armor & Mobility

MAY 2016

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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Page 21 of 35 20 | May 2016 | Armor & Mobility | Unmanned Tech Solutions Industry Partner: Polaris Defense By Jed Leonard, Senior Manager, Polaris Defense U ltralight mobility is at the forefront of many military's needs as light forces return to more expeditionary mission profiles. Polaris Defense is poised and well-positioned to respond to rapid acquisition requests from U.S. and allied militaries that need ultralight off-road vehicles that can travel as they do – via tactical aircraft. In the last 10 years Polaris Defense has been an industry leader supplying a family of ultra-light, off-road vehicles for a wide variety of missions. The enhanced tactical mobility Polaris vehicles provides gives an advantage back to dismounted troops, allowing formations to move faster, carry more and significantly reduce combat fatigue. And because the vehicles are in service throughout the world, there is a high degree of interoperability and commonality among U.S. and allied forces. Special Operations Focused The largest and newest vehicle in the Polaris Defense family of ultralight vehicles is the DAGOR. DAGOR was specifically designed for light infantry, expeditionary and special operations forces. It was designed with intent to be lighter and slimmer to maximize the range and capability of transport aircraft. DAGOR is easily transported by tactical air, carries enough payload to be mission effective and carries full payload (3,250 lbs / 1,474 kg) in extreme off-road terrain. DAGOR is a robust and modular off-road vehicle platform that can be configured to carry up to nine occupants with full kit. By traversing more concealed and unpredictable routes over terrain usually traveled on foot, DAGOR allows operators to move quickly to the objective with mission-critical equipment. DAGOR is supported with a COTS supply chain, anywhere in the world, making it easy to use and easy to maintain, even when deployed. DAGOR is currently under contract with U.S. and allied Special Forces. Fielded with the U.S. and more than 20 international militaries, the MRZR is not only one of the most versatile and capable ultralight vehicle platforms, but also one of the most popular. The MRZR 2 and MRZR 4 are internally transportable in a variety of U.S. and allied military aircraft and can be configured a number of ways to help expeditionary forces meet mission requirements for emerging threats, while forward deployed. Some common tactical features of these off-road platforms include certified air transport tie downs for V-22, H-53, and H-47, increased payload, tool free collapsible rollover protective structures (ROPS) for V-22, standard winch, electronic power steering, large cargo boxes, IR light capability and blackout mode. Certifications include air drop, CH-47 internal load and V-22. U.S. Special Operations Forces Command (USSOCOM) has recognized Polaris Defense as a trusted provider of tactical mobility solutions. In 2015, USSOCOM issued another contract to Polaris for the continued delivery of MRZR 2 and MRZR 4 vehicles, along with contractor logistics support (CLS) for spares, training and support as part of the light tactical all-terrain vehicle (LTATV) program. And more customers are expected with the launch of a new MRZR at the 2016 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, FL in May. All-Terrain Domain Polaris Defense also produces a single rider All-terrain vehicle, the MV850, which is loaded with features which make it as comfortable as it is powerful. Operators experience less fatigue because the MV850 provides the smoothest, most responsive power steering available in an all-terrain vehicle, variable assist for easier steering and active descent control and engine breaking system work together to monitor and control descent and deceleration. A powerful engine, two fuel tanks and 600 lbs / 270 kg of total rack capacity make it optimal for long distances. All while a steel exoskeleton protects both the operator and vehicle. The MV850 can be equipped with Polaris TERRAINARMOR airless tires, which helps increase mobility while reducing the logistics footprint. This breakthrough tire technology is engineered to maintain operability after sustaining tire damage that would destroy a typical air-filled tire. TERRAINARMOR Next-Level Off-Road Mobility

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