Polaris Defense has offered its Dagor vehicle in response to the US Army’s request for information regarding the ultra light combat vehicle (ULCV) programme.

The ULCV programme aims to develop an air-droppable light off-road truck that will improve the mobility of light infantry brigades during joint forcible entry missions.

Launched at the 2014 AUSA Meeting and Exposition in Washington, US, the Dagor is a purpose-built vehicle designed with trophy truck-inspired suspension, and can carry 3,250lb of payload or a nine-man infantry squad at a higher rate of speed over terrain usually travelled on foot.

The vehicle has been manufactured under contracts with the US Special Operations Command and international Special Operations Force customers.

Polaris Defense general manager Rich Haddad said: "Our tested and proven Dagor vehicle is in the hands of US and allied Special Forces and the feedback has been extremely positive.

"Our tested and proven Dagor vehicle is in the hands of US and allied Special Forces and the feedback has been extremely positive."

p>"It was designed for requirements very similar to what we are seeing materialise for the ULCV, and as a result Dagor already represents the optimum balance of payload, off-road mobility and tactical air transportability.

"If we were designing a vehicle specifically for ULCV, the result would be Dagor with a short list of accessories, which we detailed in our RFI response to the US Army."

Weighing less than 4,500lb, the vehicle was designed to fill a mobility gap for light infantry and special operations forces. It features commercial off-the-shelf driveline software, controls and components, and a unique design that facilitates ease of operation, maintenance and sustainment.

Powered by a diesel / JP8 COTS engine, the vehicle can be rapidly loaded into the CH-47 Chinook helicopter without modification, and its weight allows it to be sling loaded under the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.

Apart from Polaris, General Dynamics-Ordnance and Tactical Systems and Flyer Defense have submitted information about the Flyer Gen III series vehicles, IHS Jane’s reported.

The programme is also expected to feature Boeing’s Phantom Badger, Hendricks Dynamics’ Commando, Lockheed Martin‘s High Versatility Tactical Vehicle and Vyper Adamas’ Vyper.