Army’s 82nd Airborne Division Evaluates the Polaris MRZR-4


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The United States Army’s 82nd Airborne Division is evaluating the ultra-lightweight combat vehicle (ULCV) known as the Polaris MRZR-4.The Army has already purchased 33 vehicles for proof-of-principal tests, and is looking to purchase more, contingent on the tests. The House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee proposal for the National Defense Authorization Act requires the Secretary of the Army to give an answer to HASC by March 1, 2016 on whether or not to get more. Heidi Shyu, the Army’s chief weapons buyer, says that it is too early to tell what their decision will be, but the soldiers unsurprisingly prefer driving to walking.
"This is what the requirements community sees for early entry, what they need to get on the ground and have mobility right now," she said. "Right now the early entry guys are walking, so they would like that mobility."
This type of lightweight vehicle is ideal for missions that involve infiltrating an area with heavy air defense. The MRZR-4 can be dropped off miles away from the objective, and then speed over to the desired target. This saves time when it comes to walking to a target, and reduces the danger of dropping off soldiers closer to the target. The vehicle would carry a nine-soldier squad, and could be dropped from either a C-17 or a C-130 aircraft. It would be carried internally and externally by a CH-47 Chinook and externally by a UH-60 Black Hawk. The light tactical all-terrain vehicle comes with an 88 horsepower 875cc Polaris Prostar engine and has a 60-inch vehicle height with a tool-less collapsing roll-cage. Polaris mainly manufactures vehicles for recreational purposes, but has been known to make several ATVs that are modified for military use. The first military vehicle was the DAGOR, which can transport a nine-person squad or carry over 3,000 pounds. Via our proprietary website ASAP NSN Parts, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Polaris products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Polaris parts at www.asap-nsnparts.us. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.us or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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