Light/Ultra-light Military Utility vehicle Thread


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Polaris delivering off-road vehicles to USSOCOM
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August 28, 2015

USSOCOM has awarded Polaris Defense a new, sole source, firm-fixed-price contract for the MRZR off-road vehicle platform and vehicle delivery started earlier this month. The $83 million, five year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, signed in July, continues delivery order options on MRZR 2 and MRZR 4 vehicles – along with contractor logistics support (CLS) for spares, training and support as part of the light tactical all-terrain vehicle (LTATV) program. Since 2013, Polaris Defense has been delivering MRZR vehicles to USSOCOM under a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) against a GSA contract.

“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,” said Rich Haddad, Polaris Defense General Manager. “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.”

The MRZR is a highly mobile off-road platform that is CV-22 internally transportable and can be configured a number of ways to help expeditionary forces meet mission requirements for emerging threats, while forward deployed. Some common tactical features of these off-road platforms include increased payload, standard winch, electronic power steering, aircraft tie-downs, fold down rollover protective structures (ROPS), large cargo boxes, IR light capability and blackout mode.

“Our customers appreciate that we use robust commercial off-the-shelf components for intuitive operation and easier maintenance worldwide,” said Haddad. “Our MRZRs are in service in more than 20 countries, providing a high degree of interoperability and commonality among U.S. and allied forces.”

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MRZR 2, Polaris Defense

Polaris Defense brings game-changing resources to the military in the area of ultra-light off-road mobility as part of a larger, commercial company. Polaris provides a wealth of engineering, production and sustainability resources that come with being a recognized leader in the off-road vehicle industry. Polaris maintains a robust global network of dealers, distributors, and subsidiaries, providing dedicated full life-cycle support for these vehicles throughout the world. And with a proven and well-established Defense team, the company works closely with military customers to gain a thorough understanding o their off-road mobility needs, as well as their support requirements when they operate globally
Specs for the MRZR 2 taken from
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Fuel Type Gas
Dry Weight 1610 lb. (730.2 kg)
Active Descent Control Not Equipped
Cooling Liquid
Drive System Type On-demand True All Wheel Drive (AWD)
Engine Braking System (EBS) Not Equipped
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection
Transmission/Final Drive Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT): P/R/N/L/H
Cylinders-Displacement (cc) 875cc
Engine Type Polaris ProStar 900 4-Stroke DOHC Twin Cylinder
Front Suspension Dual A-Arm Fox Podium X 2.5 (comp adjust/res.) 12.5" (31.75 cm) Travel
Rear Suspension Trailing Arm Fox Podium X 2.5 (comp adjust/res.) 12.5" (31.75 cm) Travel
Front/Rear Brakes 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Dual-Bore Front and Single-Bore Rear Calipers
Parking Brake Park in Transmission
Front Tires MOAPA AT/26 x 9-14 Polaris Beadlock Rim
Rear Tires MOAPA AT/26 x 9-14 Polaris Beadlock Rim
Wheels Beadlock
Bed Box Dimensions (L x W x H) 33.75" x 45.75" x 20.5" ( 85.73 cm X 116.2 cm X 52.1 cm)
Front/Rear Rack or Box Capacity 500 lb. (226.8 kg)
Fuel Capacity (Litres) 7.25 GAL (27.4 L)
Ground Clearance 12.5" (31.75 cm)
Overall Vehicle Size (L x W x H) 116.5" x 60" x 70" (295.91cm x 152.4 cm x 177.8 cm)
Payload Capacity 1,000 lb. (453.6 kg)
Person Capacity 4
Seat Height N.A.
Wheelbase 81.4" (206.8 cm)
Cargo System Polaris Modular Cargo System
Color / Graphics Military Tan
Electronic Power Steering Standard
Hitch Towing Rating 1500 lb. (680.4 kg)
Hitch Type Standard/2" Receiver
Instrumentation Digital Gauge, Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Tripmeter, Hour Meter, Clock, Gear Indicator, Fuel Gauge, Hi-Temp/Low-Batt Lights, DC Outlets (2)
Lighting White LED, High/Low
Unbraked Trailer Towing Capacity N.A.
Cover Optional
Enclosed Cab Capable No


Rheinmetall offer to Polish special forces his armored AMPV

( The Multiple Purpose Armoured Vehicle (AMPV) is an armored compact size, the result of the lessons learned during recent international missions such as ISAF in Afghanistan vehicle. It has a high level of protection and can be equipped with different weapon systems, ranging from manually weaponry weapon stations use remote or automatic grenade launcher. Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (LTR) as presented in the fair of defense MOSOP, which has recently taken place in Poland.

It has a length of 5.6 meters, less than eight tons carrying capacity two tonnes and hosts a crew of five. Steyr engine has a 3.3 liter engine with 272 hp, automatic transmission, central differential lock control, maximum speed of 110 km / h, a range of up to 700 kilometers, you can meet 60% slopes, steep slopes laterally up to 40% and water fording depth of 850 mm. and ditches exceed 750 mm. It can be transported in the cargo of medium transport aircraft like the C-130 Hercules or A400M or by sling with heavy helicopters CH-47 or CH-53.

The shield includes transparent blocks and can be expanded with additional modules, can receive specific equipment such as acoustic sniper location system ASLS Rheinmetall, Situational Awareness System (SAS) also Rheinmetall, which allows you to monitor all 360 degrees around the vehicle .

ROSY concealment system (Rapid Obscuring System for land vehicles) is also available to reduce the infrared signature of the vehicle and laser, digital communications system FONET WB Electronics. The level of ballistic protection in the basic version is Level 3 according to STANAG 4569 NATO standards but can be increased to levels 3A and 3B against mines.

Demand for the Armed Forces of Poland
The AMPV is a candidate to equip the armed forces of Poland an armored patrol that could be acquired up to 500 vehicles by 2022. In addition could also give Polish special forces, within the program called PEGAZ vehicle (Pegaso ). Therefore the AMPV presented was modified for the special needs of these units.

In June this year, the AMPV demonstrated its capabilities during a presentation held at the Institute for Automotive and Armored Vehicles Technology (Instytut Techniki Wojskowy Samochodowej Pancernej i) of Poland. During the AMPV MOSOP was introduced by a business group formed by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles, Krauss-Maffei Wegman and the Polish company Rosomak. The amendments requested by the special forces in the vehicle exposed include weapons station ZSMU-1276 Polish manufacturer Tarnow with a heavy machine gun, thermal imager, laser rangefinder camera and daytime television. It also includes other amendments as specific communications equipment or personnel elongated compartment for up to 3 meters.

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Back to bottling my Grenache


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Thursday, 16 June 2016 13:57

Eurosatory 2016
Defence & Security International Exhibition
Official News online with Editorial and Web TV
Paris, France
13 - 17 June 2016

BAE Systems Hägglunds at Eurosatory 2016

BAE Systems Hägglunds unstoppable Nordic Hero: BvS10 Beowulf
BvS10 Beowulf is the natural progression of 40 years of experience from the Bv206 and BvS10. A dual body amphibious vehicle, designed to boldly go where others fear to tread

BAE Systems Hägglunds BvS10 can carry 14 personnel or 8,000kg of payload at a maximum speed of 65km/h. It is also designed to be an all-terrain, all-condition vehicle, which is relatively low cost and amphibious without preparation. This kind of pedigree makes it ideal for such tasks as HADR (Humanitarian Aid Disaster Relief), Fire Fighting and Rescue Operations. It is powered by a Cummins 6.7l in-line 6 cylinder turbo diesel engine, which is located in the front car, and has a 6-forward 1-reverse gearbox. The rear car is connected using an articulated joint, which is also used for steering. The front car can be tilted forward for ease of maintenance, has a range of 400km, extendable to 1,000km and a swimming speed of 4km/h.
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Thursday, 16 June 2016 09:31

Eurosatory 2016
Defence & Security International Exhibition
Official News online with Editorial and Web TV
Paris, France
13 - 17 June 2016

at Eurosatory 2016

Ukrainian Armour's Varta hosted by Eurosatory 2016
The Varta 4x4 from Ukrainian Armour was displayed at Eurosatory 2016, Paris, France. The Varta is an Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) that can be configured for use as a Command Post.

The Varta can transport troops in a safe environment thanks to the specialized 560mm steel used to manufacture the vehicle’s capsule, which can protect the crew from small arms, up to armour piercing 7.62mm, or fragments (Level 2 by STANAG 4569). The V-shaped hull offers protection from mine blasts up to 6kg TNT. The fighting module can mount a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun and there are ten firing ports able to accommodate UBGL (under barrel grenade launchers).
The vehicle has a load capacity of 3t and has a crew of 2 plus a gunner and anti-mine seats for 8 in the rear. The engine is a V6 turbo diesel with a top road speed of 120km/h. The run flat tyres can be inflated or deflated by the driver whilst driving to match terrain conditions. It also has a winch and front and rear cameras. Varta also has a high speed fire suppression system for the crew and engine compartment with UV and IR sensors that can indicate combustion in 3 milliseconds and suppress it in 250 milliseconds.
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016 21:35

Eurosatory 2016
Defence & Security International Exhibition
Official News online with Editorial and Web TV
Paris, France
13 - 17 June 2016

Safran Electronics & Defense at Eurosatory 2016

Safran's new eRider tactical robot concept starring at Eurosatory 2016
At this 25th edition of Eurosatory defense and security exhibition, Safran Electronics & Defense, formerly Sagem, unveiled a new concept of tactical robot dubbed eRider. Surfing on the wave of "dronization" and relying the experience acquired with its aerial unmanned vehicles, Safran is now aiming at ground vehicle segment with this new eRider concept.

Safran's eRider tactical robot being showcased at Eurosatory 2016

With the new eRider tactical robot concept, Safran Electronics & Defense offers a solution based on the "dronization" of a multi-mission platform, dubbed eRider, which is a 4-seat, 4WD vehicle with optional manned driving.

eRider shwocases a multi-sensor architecture. Safran makes a number of contributions to this new robotized vehicle, including all-weather vision, an MPS gyrostabilized optronic turret, geolocation, autonomous platform and mission control, and C4I components, all technologies at the heart of standalone mobility.

In addition to carrying out logistic support missions, the eRider robotic vehicle can carry a rapid deployment team, then provide autonomous support for intelligence gathering and engagement.

For this project, Safran is working on cooperation on the future of mobility with Valeo and PSA.
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Here's a change an unmanned vehicle.
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 21:14

Eurosatory 2016
Defence & Security International Exhibition
Official News online with Editorial and Web TV
Paris, France
13 - 17 June 2016

IAI RoBattle at Eurosatory 2016

Israel Aerospace Industries introduces RoBattle unmanned ground support robot at Eurosatory 2016.
Israel Aerospace industries (IAI) introduces the RoBattle - an unmanned, heavy duty, highly maneuverable combat and support robotic system, at Eurosatory 2016 (13-17 June, Paris, France). The RoBattle is armed with the Pitbull, a very lightweight weapon station weighing only 50 kilos, includes unique sensor systems that enable accurate detection of hostile fire, and can respond in a matter of seconds.

The system is designed to be integrated with tactical forces in mobile, dismounted operations and support a wide range of missions includingintelligence, surveillance and armed reconnaissance; convoy protection, decoy, and ambush and attack.

Based on the IAI's cutting edge technology,RoBattle, the newest member of the family of unmanned ground robotic systems from IAI, is equipped with a modular"robotic kit" comprised of vehicle control, navigation, RT mapping and autonomy, sensors and mission payloads. The system can be operated autonomously in several levels and configured with wheels or tracks, to address the relevant operational needs. Operators can equip RoBattle with different payloads including manipulator arms, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) sensors and radars, and remotely controlled weapons.

"The RoBattle system is based on IAI's vast experience and heritagein development and manufacturing of unmanned systemsincluding unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). With the modular‘robotic kit’ methodology,designed to meet specific customer requirements,RoBattle is one of the most advanced combat, maneuvering, ground robotics in the market." said Meir Shabtai, IAI's Deputy general manager ofground robotics systems. "The RoBattle will become a significant player in the ground robotics market. It presents advanced technologies and capabilities that can close the operational gaps in the future battlefield challenges. We are looking forward to all opportunities in the market".

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