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AUSA 2017: Polaris boosts international sales as light mobility vehicles garner interest

09 October 2017
Polaris has introduced an MRZR-D2 two-seat variant to complement the four-seat MRZR-D4 and its gas-powered MRZRs. Source: Polaris

Polaris has signed a number of new deals and is now selling its small mobility vehicles to more than 30 countries, the company’s director of international business development, Doug Malikowski, told Jane’s ahead of the Association of the United States Army’s annual conference.

The company has reached sales agreements with Latvia, Saudi Arabia, countries in central Africa, and elsewhere, Malikowski said. He was unable to disclose the systems involved, but these include all of Polaris’s military offerings: two- or four-seat diesel and gasoline-powered MRZRs, larger diesel-powered DAGOR (deployable advanced ground off-road) utility vehicles, and smaller gasoline-powered MV850 all-terrain vehicles.

Malikowski said that Canada, which purchased 36 turbo diesel MRZR-Ds in 2016, recently exercised a contract option to buy a further 18 of the vehicles.

The Middle East accounts for just under USD3-million-worth of Polaris military vehicle sales, Malikowski said. Europe has recently predominated in DAGOR’s contract sales, and the Middle East and North America are approximately equal for MRZR sales (US Special Operations Command, the US Marine Corps, and the US Army respectively operate some variant of the MRZR).

South American militaries have also purchased Polaris military vehicles, and Malikowski expects this market to become increasingly active in the near future, particularly for the MRZR.

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