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Polaris broadens use cases for tracked MRZR Alpha

31st May 2022 - 12:00 GMT | by Wilder Alejandro Sanchez in Washington DC


At the Modern Day Marine exhibition on 10-12 May, Polaris Government and Defense displayed a tracked variant of its MRZR Alpha with twin machine guns and a flatbed. (Photo: Wilder Alejandro Sanchez)

The design of the tracked version of the MRZR Alpha vehicle, originally intended for Arctic mobility, has been refined to cope with soft soil and mixed terrain.

Orders are in place and Polaris Government and Defense has begun production of a new tracked variant of the MRZR Alpha, with deliveries to begin in Q2 2022 of two- and four-seater configurations, company representatives explained to Shephard during the recent Modern Day Marine (MDM) exhibition in Washington DC.

The MRZR Alpha has a max speed of 96km/h, a gross vehicle weight of 2,308kg and a maximum payload of 907kg. Alpha also features a 118hp diesel engine with eight-speed transmission.

On display at MDM was a four-seat tracked variant with two backseat-mounted machine guns and a flatbed at the rear of the vehicle.

Polaris officials explained to Shephard that the first orders for this tracked version of Alpha came from US customers, without going into more detail. The company also expects international orders in the near future.

The tracked Alpha was originally designed for enhanced Arctic and tundra mobility — indeed, Polaris is under contract from US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to provide an arctic warfare kit for MRZR vehicles — but the new variant can maintain the same level of manoeuvrability while operating in soft soil and mixed terrains, according to the manufacturer.

Interchangeable elements of the cab enclosure and track kit can be mixed and matched for mission flexibility.

The wheeled version of the Alpha is already widely utilised worldwide, particularly by USSOCOM which selected Alpha as its Light Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle.

Latin American militaries also utilise Polaris platforms — Argentina, for instance, acquired MRZR 4 vehicles in 2015 for reconnaissance missions by Air Assault Regiment 601, among other units.

Wilder Alejandro Sanchez


Wilder Alejandro Sanchez

Wilder Alejandro Sánchez is an analyst who covers defense & security, geopolitical, and trade issues …

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