Being shown for the first time at IDEX is the Polaris Defense four-seat turbo diesel MRZR ultralight tactical vehicle. Being displayed by Specialised Sports Equipment (Stand CP-221), the largest Polaris dealer in the Middle East, the MRZR is targeted at both civilian and military markets.
According to Polaris Defense, the company has recently received major contracts for its MRZR-D from Canada and the USA, with the latter including the US Marine Corps and Special Operations Command. The design of the MRZR is such that it can be configured in a number of ways to meet different operational needs such as casualty evacuation and battlefield resupply, as well as its normal role of carrying personnel.
The vehicle is powered by a Kolher diesel engine developing 88hp coupled to a continuously variable transmission, which gives a maximum speed of 96km/h. Other features include on-demand true all-wheel drive, electronic power steering and a keyless ignition, and the crew is provided with four-point harness-type seat belts. To allow it to be transported in the V-22 Osprey, the vehicle is fitted with a tool-less collapsing roll cage.
The rear cargo bed is modular and is NATO litter capable for casualty evacuation. There are also optional jerry can and replacement wheel holders and special anti-rattle mounting brackets. For self-recovery, a Polaris winch is installed at the front and this has a maximum capacity of 1,587kg. The vehicle can carry a payload of up to 1,000kg and tow a trailer weighing up to 1,500kg with load.
Also on display this year are the Polaris rugged Sportsman MV 850 and the Dagor, which are claimed to expand the range, payload and off-road mobility of any previous tactical light off-road vehicle.