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Polaris DAGOR selected for Canadian Special Forces vehicle

21 December 2016

Canada has awarded Polaris a contract to supply its Deployable Advanced Ground Off-Road (DAGOR) vehicle for Special Forces troops, the company announced on 20 December.

The DAGOR can transport nine personnel and be internally transported in various aircraft, including Chinook helicopters and Hercules airlifters. (Shaun C Connors)The DAGOR can transport nine personnel and be internally transported in various aircraft, including Chinook helicopters and Hercules airlifters. (Shaun C Connors)

Public Works and Procurement Canada issued the USD15.5 million contract - which includes training, maintenance, and other support - to meet Canadian Special Operations Forces Command's (CANSOFCOM's) requirement for an Ultra-Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV). The deal includes options for additional vehicles.

The ULCVs are to be tailored for CANSOFCOM's specific needs. The vehicles are to "undergo engineering and mission configurations to incorporate new features and capabilities, including redesigned payload configuration, weapons mounts, electrical system improvements, and integrated communication systems," Polaris said. "The final vehicle configuration, testing, and production of the ULCV will be a collaborative effort with CANSOFCOM."

DAGOR can transport up to nine personnel, including a driver and gunner, and can be variously configured. It can be internally transported in various aircraft, including Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters and Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules airlifters.

Automotive details remain limited, but IHS Jane's understands it is powered by a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) JP8-compatible diesel, four-cylinder engine between 2 and 2.5 litres, and develops around 250 hp (190 kW).

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GDOTS) was understood to have been competing for ULCV as well. GDOTS is producing Ground Mobility Vehicles 1.1 (GMV1.1) platforms for US Special Operations Command.

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