Polaris develops heavier payload variant for Marines, tested for logistics and precision fires

New York: The US Marines and the Indian Army are both leveraging Polaris MRZR ATVs to enhance their operational capabilities. Polaris has developed an MRZR Alpha variant capable of powering offboard systems, nearing production, and a heavy-payload variant undergoing tests with the Marine Corps and U.S. Special Operations Command. The ability of these light vehicles to generate electricity for radars, networks, and weapons has been a primary focus for the Marines over the past year, reported Republic TV.

Polaris created a 1-kilowatt exportable power system that can be added to existing vehicles and a 5-kilowatt system for new vehicles. Both systems utilize a DC-to-DC power converter linked to the MRZR's alternator, exporting 24-volt power as needed. This innovation allows Marines to utilize technology without hauling separate generators, making it possible to power systems like the Networking On-the-Move satellite communications and the Common Aviation Command and Control System.

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The power-export technology is designed not to consume cargo space, with the necessary components neatly integrated into the vehicle. Polaris showcased the system at the Modern-Day Marine conference, where it demonstrated that unit maintainers can easily install the 1-kilowatt version. The 5-kilowatt variant prototypes are currently being tested at the Nevada Automotive Test Centre, with production expected to start later this year.

Polaris is also exploring a heavier payload MRZR variant, capable of carrying 3,600 pounds compared to the original 600 pounds. This extended truck maintains over 90% of parts commonality with the standard MRZR Alphas and can be transported internally by a V-22 Osprey aircraft. The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory has tested these prototypes for logistics and precision fires, evaluating their potential to fill gaps in the vehicle inventory between the MRZR and the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

Meanwhile, the Indian Army showcased its Polaris ATVs during the 75th Republic Day Parade at Kartavya Path. These ATVs, used by the Quick Reaction Teams, are integral to the Quick Reaction Force Vehicles, including light, medium, and heavy specialist vehicles. Major Toofan Singh Chauhan, leading the ATV segment, highlighted the vehicle's versatility in various terrains, from mountains to deserts and snow-covered regions.

Indian Army's Versatile Polaris ATVs For Rapid Deployment

The Indian Army's Polaris ATVs are designed for rapid troop transportation and operational flexibility. With a seating capacity of six and the ability to mount a Light Machine Gun at the rear, these ATVs are crucial for quick deployment. The vehicles' lightweight design allows for easy airlifting, ensuring swift troop movement in diverse operational environments.

The Polaris ATV's superior suspension system enables it to navigate steep inclines and declines efficiently, enhancing its usability in challenging terrains. These features make the ATV a valuable asset for the Indian Army's Quick Reaction Forces, facilitating quick response and mobility in critical situations.

The absence of exterior armour is a trade-off for speed and agility, emphasizing rapid troop transport over protection.

The collaboration between Polaris and the US Marine Corps focuses on integrating advanced technologies into the MRZR vehicles. This includes developing exportable power systems to support various operational needs without additional generators. The ongoing tests and future production of these systems aim to enhance the Marines' tactical capabilities significantly.