The MRZR Alpha ultralight tactical vehicle from US mobility provider Polaris Government and Defense made its public debut at the DSEI defence exhibition, held in London from 14–17 September.
Featuring a completely new chassis that provides more room for its operators and greater flexibility with cargo, the MRZR Alpha comes in a two- or four- person configuration, with the latter providing a payload capacity of 2,000 lb (907.2 kg): 500 lb more than the equivalent current-generation Polaris MRZR D.
The MRZR Alpha also features a ride-height-levelling suspension system that ensures the vehicle retains its 12-inch (30.5 cm) ground clearance even when loaded, Polaris officials noted to Janes . The ground clearance can additionally be raised to 14 inches to negotiate particularly difficult types of terrain.
With a curb weight of around 3,000 lb, the vehicle can be airdropped by the Low Velocity Air Drop (LVAD) and Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS), internally loaded in a V-22 tiltrotor or larger helicopters, and can also be sling-loaded. It has a range of 225 miles at its gross vehicle weight of just under 5,000 lb, can reach top speeds of more than 60 mph, and has an exportable power capability of 1 kW: a 20% increase over the MRZR D.
The MRZR Alpha is already being provided to US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and the US Marine Corps under the US Light Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (LTATV) and Ultra Light Tactical Vehicle (ULTV) programmes respectively; an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract was awarded in May worth up to USD109 million. Government qualification testing of the vehicle has begun, with production to follow.