Polaris Defense has started delivering the MRZR off-road vehicle platforms to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).
The vehicles are being supplied under an $83m sole source, firm-fixed-price contract awarded by the USSOCOM as part of the light tactical all-terrain vehicle (LTATV) programme in July.
Under the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract, the company is supplying MRZR 2 and MRZR 4 vehicles, along with contractor logistics support (CLS) for spares, training, and support.
Polaris Defense general manager Rich Haddad said: "We’ve been providing the MRZR for three years to USSOCOM and this contract reiterates that ultralight mobility is still a critical component of Special Operations Forces missions.
"These are extremely configurable platforms, providing operators the ability to quickly prepare for missions even in the most extreme terrain. MRZRs provide extreme mobility SOF can count on, that deploys in tactical air, providing maximum flexibility."
Internally transportable by the CV-22 Osprey helicopter, the MRZR is a highly mobile off-road platform and can be modified to help expeditionary forces address mission requirements for emerging threats, while forward deployed.
Common tactical features of these off-road vehicles include increased payload, standard winch, electronic power steering, aircraft tie-downs, fold down rollover protective structures, large cargo boxes, as well as the infra red light capability and blackout mode.
Since 2013, the company has been delivering MRZR vehicles to USSOCOM under a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) against a General Service Administration contract.
According to the company, the MRZRs are currently used in more than 20 countries worldwide, providing a high-degree of interoperability and commonality among the US and allied forces.
Image: The MRZR off-road vehicles will help expeditionary forces address mission requirements for emerging threats, while forward deployed. Photo: 2015 Polaris Industries Inc.