Polaris Government and Defense (Stand CP-412), a division of USA-based Polaris Industries Inc, is showcasing at IDEX its MRZR X multimode vehicle platform, which is currently undergoing field trials in a squad integration evaluation with the US Army as part of the Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) programme.
The UK Ministry of Defence also included the vehicle in its December Army Warfare Experiment (AWE), further proving its viability as a support vehicle. The US company is also displaying the DAGOR and MRZR Diesel vehicle platforms.
"The MRZR X is a transformative vehicle because it is optionally manned and can fulfil its current mission to move at the speed of manoeuvre with a driver or act as a robotic mule to carry mission equipment and soldiers' loads," said vice-president Jed Leonard. "This ability to both drive the vehicle and still have dismounted control of a robotic platform provides great mission capability and operation flexibility."
The MRZR X is designed for future flexibility, with Modular Robotic Appliqué Kits (M-RAKs) from Applied Research Associates Inc (ARA). It fully integrates the autonomy systems and optimally places the sensors to safeguard the technology, while keeping the physical and software architecture open for future technology upgrades. The vehicle's hybrid drivetrain is powerful and reliable, allowing for export power, longer missions, high speeds and silent drive when needed.
The Polaris family of vehicles helps address the need within light infantry and special operations forces for ultra-light, off-road mobility: from the single passenger MV850 all-terrain vehicle, to the two- and four-passenger, lightweight MRZR tactical all-terrain vehicle, up to the ultra-light DAGOR, which can carry up to nine warfighters and their gear, for a total payload of up to 1,800kg.
Polaris vehicles also use commercial-off-the-shelf driveline, controls and components to streamline mechanic and operator training, and for simplified operation and maintenance.