Polaris MRZR-D for Canadian Army
Polaris will deliver 36 MRZR-D utility vehicles and 12 tactical trailers to the Canadian military under a contract announced on 23 August.
The vehicles and trailers will be delivered to the Canadian Army’s light infantry battalions stationed at the Canadian forces bases in Edmonton, Petawawa and Valcartier for user evaluation later this year.
The MRZR-D has a turbo-charged diesel engine, greater range and auxiliary power, and updated occupant seating space, ergonomics and sightlines over the original MRZR. The vehicles are H-47 Chinook, H-53 and V-22 Osprey air transportable and will be delivered equipped with IR lighting and a 2,041kg winch.
The tactical trailer gives the vehicle an additional 454kg payload. It has a fully independent suspension system and a removable tongue and pintle style hitch to allow for 180 degrees of rotation in small spaces, increased mobility and easier transportation and storage. The sides are removable and the back gate folds for maximum storage flexibility and capability.
The vehicles are being supplied under a contract awarded by Public Services and Procurement Canada on behalf of the Department of National Defence in June. The contract includes an option for up to 18 more MRZR-Ds and up to six more tactical trailers.
Stephen Panciocco, program manager, Polaris Defense, said: ‘MRZRs provide a highly sought-after capability by providing foot-soldiers burdened with heavy packs a ride and the ability to move much quicker while maintaining that same hidden, off-road route. We’re excited the Canadian Army has selected Polaris to explore this capability and we look forward to serving and supporting them.’
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