Team Polaris for the first time displayed its optionally manned MRZR X vehicle at an Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) conference on 6 February, after the vehicle was selected as one of four participants for the US Army’s Squad-Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) programme.
MRZR X was developed by a team of Polaris, ARA, and Neya Systems and is 90% common with Polaris’ MRZR platform (the difference being a hybrid-electric drive system and the robotics systems), John Olson, Polaris’ vice-president and general manager, told Jane’s on 6 February.
There several thousand militarised, manned MRZR platforms operated in 30 countries, Olson said, and so the company is hoping to sell MRZR Xs for export too. “We see the global market as wide open,” he said.
Olson said an MRZR X, similar to the one working on the US Army’s SMET, is participating in the upcoming UK Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE) - Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS).
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