The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) will soon be getting new ATVs as part of a deal struck with Polaris Defense.
Last week, the Minnesota-based Polaris Defense announced that it will be supplying the U.S. military with more all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Polaris has been supplying SOCOM with their MRZR ATVs for the past three years, and will continue to do so for the next few years.
According to a Fox News report, SOCOM will be receiving the new MRZR 2 and MRZR 4 models from Polaris. The MRZR 2 can carry two people while the MRZR 4 can carry up to six people. The vehicles will provide ultra-light vehicle mobility, which is very important for special operations missions.
The deal signed between SOCOM and Polaris Defense is a five-year contract worth $83 million. The contract also included logistics support. According to Polaris, they started delivery of the vehicles last month.
In a press conference, Polaris Defense General Manager Rich Haddad said, “These are extremely configurable platforms, providing operators the ability to quickly prepare for missions even in the most extreme terrain.” He also added that “MRZRs provide extreme mobility special operations forces can count on, that deploys in tactical air, providing maximum flexibility.”
The new ATVs have on demand advanced all-wheel drive. This means that whenever more traction is needed, the vehicle automatically engages all four wheels and can automatically revert to two-wheels.
Both models have a maximum speed of 60 MPH and come with 88 horsepower engines that are designed to provide extreme performance in tough terrains. The ATVs also have a fantastic throttle response and acceleration.
In addition to their performance, the ATVs can carry a lot of weight. The MRZR 2 can carry up to 1,000 pounds while the MRZR 4 can carry up to 1,500 pounds. The ATVs also come with standard features like aircraft tie-downs, large cargo boxes and fold-down rollover structures for operator protection.
The ATVs include keyless ignition, which makes it easier to move out quickly. They also have a smooth, highly responsive electronic power steering that can help reduce fatigue for operators that have to drive for very long periods.
In terms of safety features, the ATVs have a smart roll cage design that provides protection and can also be easily removed without using a tool.
According to Polaris Defense, MRZRs are in service in more than 20 countries supporting the U.S. and allied forces.