U.S. Special Operations Command orders Polaris vehicles

Oct. 24, 2013 at 9:52 AM
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MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Special Operations Command has contracted Polaris Industries Inc. to provide an undisclosed number of MRZR lightweight tactical all-terrain vehicles.

The MRZR is a fast-attack four-wheel drive vehicle. It features an 88 horsepower engine, a collapsing roll cage and can carry four soldiers and gear.

"Polaris is proud to supply the U.S. Special Operations Forces with our high-performing MRZR vehicles," said Rich Haddad, general manager of Polaris Defense. "As a recognized industry leading original manufacturer of off-road vehicles, Polaris is uniquely positioned to rapidly develop and provide the military with purpose-built mobility platforms."

The vehicles will be supplied over a five-year period and will allow Special Operations Command to "manage their ultra-light tactical mobility needs to meet mission demands and emerging threats," the company said.

The value of the contract was not disclosed.

Polaris said the new award follows a five-year contract awarded in August to supply single-operator MV850 all-terrain vehicles for special operations use.

The German Army also ordered Polaris vehicles earlier this year.

"These platforms are a modular design to meet the demanding needs of U.S. and international special operations, expeditionary and light infantry forces," Haddad said. "Both of these vehicles are deployed and in use around the globe, in all of the U.S. military branches and special operations forces along with several allied militaries and special operations forces."

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