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Polaris Wins Canadian Special Forces Ultra-Light Combat Vehicle Contract

MINNEAPOLIS (December 20, 2016) — Public Works and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has awarded its Ultra-Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV) contract to Polaris, following an open and competitive bid process. The $15.5 USD million contract includes DAGOR vehicles, maintenance and operator training, spare parts, and the option for additional vehicles (at an additional cost) to meet the requirements of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM).

Ultralight ground mobility is at the forefront of many military’s needs – especially the Canadian Special Forces, which can deploy on extremely short notice for counter-terrorism operations and other time-sensitive Special Operation Forces (SOF) missions. The DAGOR ultra-light combat vehicle is just as deployable and was designed to be modular and light-weight to support a variety of expeditionary missions.

The ULCV contract is structured to provide CANSOFCOM with a custom vehicle to meet Canada’s unique SOF requirement. The flexible DAGOR platform will undergo engineering and mission configurations to incorporate new features and capabilities, including redesigned payload configuration, weapons mounts, electrical system improvements, and integrated communication systems. The final vehicle configuration, testing, and production of the ULCV will be a collaborative effort with CANSOFCOM.

“We are extremely pleased to have won the contract following the competitive process to provide our DAGOR vehicles to CANSOFCOM as this major international program award builds on our strong current domestic base,” said John Olson, PhD, vice president and general manager of Polaris Government and Defense. “We are proud to partner with the Canadian government and industry to deliver this ground mobility capability and the lifecycle support to smartly sustain it. Our program management, engineering, operations, and logistics teams are looking forward to working closely with our Canadian customer.

Olson added, “We greatly appreciated PSPC’s professionalism and found the ULCV procurement to be rigorous, thorough and well-executed as they delivered clear requirements, were extremely responsive to industry questions, and crisply executed the entire effort.”

With seating for up to nine, DAGOR comprises the optimal balance of rapid air transportability, payload capacity and advanced mobility. DAGOR gives an advantage back to dismounted warfighters, allowing formations to move faster, carry more and significantly reduce combat fatigue. And its weight and size allow it to be internally transportable on a variety of in-service aircraft, including CH-47 and C-130.

Polaris Government and Defense vehicles deliver a coveted combination of deployability, versatility and off-road mobility, forged from more than 60 years of off-road vehicle experience that is simply unmatched. Vehicles include the rugged Sportsman MV 850, the modular and nimble MRZR, and the DAGOR, which expands upon the range, payload and off-road mobility of any previous tactical off-road vehicle. The enhanced tactical mobility provided by Polaris Government and Defense gives an advantage back to dismounted troops, allowing formations to move faster, carry more and significantly reduce combat fatigue. Polaris FSR support is scalable worldwide and includes military vehicle training, service and maintenance. It also can be supplemented internationally through the Polaris network of distributors. And because Polaris vehicles are in service throughout the world, there is a high degree of interoperability and commonality among U.S. and allied forces.



17 Responses to “Polaris Wins Canadian Special Forces Ultra-Light Combat Vehicle Contract”

  1. Ed says:

    Man! That looks like GI JOE toy “jeep” like vehicle I had as a kid in the early 80’s! I wonder if the youngsters in SOF know how good they have it these days??!

    Totally radical!

  2. Paul says:

    Wonderful. What if the CAF applied the same logic and processes to see their hockey sock full of capital projects to completion?

    Viam Inveniemus

  3. Bradkaf308 says:

    Wasn’t this reported a few months ago?

  4. Gerard says:

    If these are in the hands of the canadians how do we know they wont use them to come rolling across our northern border with them?

  5. Mike says:

    Most of us are in Florida during the winter so we would roll in from there.


  6. Darkhorse says:

    Totally not raining on anyone’s parade here-

    I can’t fathom how these hold a true combat load for 4 guys let alone the number of guys depicted in the photos.

    I also don’t know what the requirement said in terms of extended use or how long the typical use scenario would be. I know that rolling into injun country we carried a hell of a lot more than depicted here by way of chow, munitions, NBC gear, water, more munitions, cookware, stoves, E&E bags, etc etc. None of the dudes in the photos have on back panels etc.

    Again, not calling BS but I just don’t see it.

    • Jon, OPT says:

      Truth. The pic with 5 Soldiers is the most realistic for anything outside of short term well supported operations.

  7. Stefan S. says:

    Alternate attachments;
    Hockey Stick rack
    Poutine cozy
    Tim Horton doughnut warmers
    5 Litre Maple Syrup cans