US Marine Corps Orders 144 Diesel MRZRs from Polaris Defense
Polaris Defense, a division of Polaris Industries Inc., has received an order from the US Marine Corps (USMC) to deliver 144 four-seat diesel MRZR vehicles as part of the utility task vehicle (UTV) programme, which will provide MRZR-D4s to each of the USMC’s active-component infantry regiments. The contract also includes spare parts blocks in support of the vehicles.
This vehicle procurement follows successful testing and integration exercises, such as the recent RIMPAC 2016 where the USMC experimented with new technologies, tactics and operational concepts during force-on-force training.
“We introduced the diesel MRZR earlier this year and the Marines were among the first to purchase vehicles for test and evaluation,” Joaquin Salas, business development manager, Polaris Defense, told Mönch. “The MRZRs off-road mobility, heavy fuel compatibility and internal transport certifications on vertical-lift aircraft make it a force multiplier for Marine infantry units.”
The UTV programme is designed to provide company-level operations with logistics support, filling a critical capability gap at the tactical level. The MRZR-D4 delivers a proven solution that is cost-effective, reliable, easily maintained, and certified for internal transport in MV-22 and CH-53 aircraft.
Polaris Defense vehicles deliver a coveted combination of deployability, versatility and off-road mobility, forged from more than 60 years of off-road vehicle experience. Vehicles include the rugged Sportsman MV 850, the modular and nimble MRZR, and the DAGOR, which expands upon the range, payload and off-road mobility of any previous tactical off-road vehicle. The enhanced tactical mobility provided by Polaris Defense gives an advantage back to dismounted troops, allowing formations to move faster, carry more and significantly reduce combat fatigue.