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SOCOM Awards Polaris Defense New MRZR Contract

 

SOCOM has awarded Polaris Defense a new $83 million sole-source, firm fixed-price contract for the MRZR off-road vehicle, with vehicle delivery having begun earlier this month, according to a Polaris Defense press release. The five year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract was signed in July and continues options on MRZR 2 and MRZR 4 tactical vehicles as well as contractor logistics support (CLS) for spares, training, and support as part of the Light Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (LTATV) program. Polaris Defense has been delivering MRZR vehicles under a GSA schedule blanket purchase agreement (BPA) since 2013.

“We’ve been providing the MRZR for three years to USSOCOM and this contract reiterates that ultralight mobility is still a critical component of special operations forces missions,” said Polaris Defense General Manager Rich Haddad. “These are extremely configurable platforms, providing operators the ability to quickly prepare for missions even in the most extreme terrain. MRZRs provide extreme mobility SOF can count on, that deploys in tactical air, providing maximum flexibility.”

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The Polaris Defense MRZR 2 variant. John Linn Adventure Studios photo

The MRZR all-terrain vehicle features on-demand four-wheel drive through its continuously variable transmission, electronic power steering, a collapsible roll cage, and a fuel-injected 88 horsepower engine. Designed to be easily configurable for various missions, it can also tow an all-terrain tactical trailer. It is CV-22 internally transportable and is available in two variants, configured for carriage of two or four personnel.

“Our customers appreciate that we use robust commercial off-the-shelf components for intuitive operation and easier maintenance worldwide,” said Haddad. “Our MRZRs are in service in more than 20 countries, providing a high degree of interoperability and commonality among U.S. and allied forces.”