Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) has partnered with Polaris Government and Defense to compete for the US Army’s Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) vehicle programme.

SAIC and Polaris will offer the DAGOR ultra-light combat designed and built by Polar.

The DAGOR tactical vehicle is designed to provide troops with greater operational capability, crew area, mobility and manoeuvrability.

With 4,000lbs of payload, DAGOR can carry up to nine troops with their equipment and supplies.

The US Army has plans to purchase 651 ISVs over a period of five years. An Industry Day was held in April to provide details of the ISV programme.

SAIC Defense Systems Group executive vice-president and general manager Jim Scanlon said: “SAIC has a long history of performing vehicle engineering and platform integration work, and the army has a need for small-unit mobility and manoeuvrability that can be easily met with the proven DAGOR vehicle that has been deployed around the world.

“Working with Polaris, SAIC will provide comprehensive systems engineering and integration using state-of-the-art tools and processes that leverage domain understanding gained through extensive field support and advanced experimentation in support of the army to give the ISV a technological edge on the battlefields of tomorrow.”

The SAIC-Polaris team has delivered a baseline vehicle sample to the 82nd Airborne Division for soldier assessment.

DAGOR has the capability to provide speed, mobility and communications support to small army units.

Polaris Government and Defense vice-president Jed Leonard said: “The DAGOR was designed to meet a squad’s payload and off-road mobility demands while meeting weight and size restrictions that maximise air transportability.

“The lightweight and highly mobile platform supports the army’s expeditionary missions providing a key capability needed on the ever-changing battlefield.”

The partnership will benefit from SAIC’s expertise in C4ISR integration onto ground vehicles as it could provide a range of capabilities, including cybersecurity, enhanced surveillance, secure communications and non-kinetic fires.

According to SAIC, the DAGOR ISV will be an improvement over the already production-ready solution that has been fielded to operational units in the US military and its allies since 2015.