Polaris Defense launches turbo-charged military vehicle MRZR-D

22 May 2016 (Last Updated May 22nd, 2016 18:30)

Polaris Defense has expanded the MRZR range of military off-road vehicles with MRZR-D, a new turbo-charged diesel variant.

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Polaris Defense has expanded the MRZR range of military off-road vehicles with MRZR-D, a new turbo-charged diesel variant.

MRZR-D's engine has been built to meet the performance and physical specifications of the original MRZR vehicles.

The vehicle also offers similar dimensions, payload, towing, ground clearance, accessories and handling to the existing MRZRs.

The MRZR-D is said to provide increased auxiliary power with upgraded occupant seating space, ergonomics and sight-lines.

Polaris Defense senior manager Jed Leonard said: "The new turbo diesel powertrain is significant in reducing the logistics burden for select US services and many foreign militaries that have strict requirements for diesel fuel.

"The new turbo diesel powertrain is significant in reducing the logistics burden for select US services and many foreign militaries that have strict requirements for diesel fuel."

"And as importantly for our military customers, we've engineered this diesel powertrain to meet the same mission requirements and extreme off-road performance that Polaris and the MRZR are trusted for in peacetime, security operations, and conventional military missions."

Production and deliveries of the four-seat turbo-charged MRZR-D will begin this year.

The company is currently producing the original MRZR 2 and MRZR 4 under the lightweight tactical all terrain vehicle (LTATV) programme for the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and other international contracts.

USSOCOM, PEO-SW/FOSOV LTATV acquisition programme manager Brendon Reedy said: "Throughout the last three years, we've had an open dialogue with Polaris about how we were using the MRZRs, and enhancements that would help us complete our missions more effectively.

"This has been very beneficial to us in the programme office and the warfighters as Polaris has incorporated our requests.

"In the case of the MRZR-D, we suggested changes to improve sight-lines and ergonomics which were incorporated."


Image: Polaris Defense adds a high-performance MRZR turbo diesel to its off-road vehicle lineup. Photo: courtesy of Polaris.