The Polaris Defense division at Polaris Industries Inc. announced the launch of their latest extreme off-road military vehicle, the DAGOR. The DAGOR was created in response to an emerging threat to Special Operation Forces (SOF) and light infantry forces.
Polaris announced the DAGOR at the 2014 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting, in Washington, D.C., October 13-15. In just under 2 years, the design and testing phases for the DAGOR have been complete and it is now under contract and in production. This would not have been possible without Polaris' world-class off-road engineering and design teams.
Advanced Off-Road Mobility at Full Payload
There has been a noticeable increase in the threat to SOF and light infantry forces. This new militarized vehicle will move military units more quickly to their objective along with their mission-critical equipment. The DAGOR was designed using truck-like suspension. It can carry 3,250 lbs of payload or a 9-man infantry squad (4 passengers in the cab, plus gunner, plus 4 passengers in rear seating) at a higher rate of speed across terrain that typically must be traveled by foot.
"The DAGOR was engineered to meet a very demanding set of light-mobility needs for our customer," said Jed Leonard, manager of Advanced Mobility Platforms, and Polaris Defense. "It provides the optimal balance of rapid air transportability, payload and advanced mobility. The design offers our customers a modular, light-weight platform to support a variety of expeditionary missions."
Compared to the MV850, the DAGOR is a step up in size and payload for Polaris Defense customers while still maintaining great mobility. The base vehicle curb weight is less than 4,500lbs which allows the DAGOR to be sling-loaded under the UH-60 Black Hawk. Polaris Defense also made sure that the DAGOR could be quickly loaded into the CH-47 Chinook platform without modification.
The vehicle has completed government durability testing and is certified for CH-47 Chinook Internal Air Transport (IAT), air drop, and UH-60 Black Hawk Sling Load.
Ease of Sustainment
The DAGOR is composed of common consumer-off-the-shelf (COTS) components and is driven by a COTS driveline system. COTS parts are available throughout the world making the DAGOR extremely easy to maintain or repair. The DAGOR also consists of several tool-less access points to routine service points.
The DAGOR runs on a COTS diesel/JP8 engine which was chosen for its weight, size and power. The commonality of the COTS driveline, controls and components will help minimize the training required for mechanics and operators. Loading space, flexibility and access to critical equipment is optimized by the open design.
"DAGOR is under contract with elements of U.S. SOCOM and international SOF customers," said Rich Haddad, Polaris Defense General Manager. "DAGOR is larger than our previous offerings like the MRZR and MV850, and represents a step up in size for Polaris and in payload for our customers. DAGOR highlights Polaris Defense's ability to fill an urgent need, with an affordable purpose-built MILCOTS solution that can be maintained anywhere with a COTS supply chain."
The People Behind the DAGOR
Polaris Industries is a recognized global leader in the off-road vehicle industry. Polaris Defense, a division of Polaris Industries, provides the U.S. and its allies with a family of purpose-built ultra-light vehicles for military and government use. Polaris Defense self-funds military vehicle development by leveraging its high volume commercial production, quality systems and proven processes to provide military commercial off-the-shelf (MILCOTS) vehicles. With a robust global network of dealers, distributors, and subsidiaries, Polaris Defense provides full life-cycle support of these vehicles throughout the world.
|Engine Type||TURBO DIESEL/JP8 ENGINE|
DIMENSIONS / CAPACITIES
|Curb Weight||4,500 LBS / 2,041 KG|
|Range||500 MI / 805 KM @ GVW
(DEPENDENT ON MISSION PROFILE)
|GVWR||7,750 LBS / 3,515 KGS|
|Overall Vehicle Size
(L x W x H)
|178/74/72.5 IN / 452/188/184 CM
(NO VEHICLE MODIFICATIONS NECESSARY)
|Payload Capacity||3,250 LBS / 1,474 KGS
(MAINTAINS FULL PERFORMANCE)
|Internal Rotary Wing Transposable||H-47 (UP TO 2), H-53|
|Operators||UP TO 9, 4 PASSENGERS PLUS GUNNER
(9 WITH ADDITIONAL SEATING)
|Sling Loadable||Yes - H-47, H-53, UH-60|
|Air Drop||LOW VELOCITY AIR DROP (LVAD)|
|C4I Auxiliary Power||24V AUXILIARY POWER TERMINAL PROVIDED|
|Weapons||CONFIGURED TO ACCOMMODATE UP TO 48 IN WEAPONS RING. MULTIPLE LOCATIONS ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE PINTLE MOUNTS|
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