A reader sends in a couple of great pics of the civilian version of the military’s Polaris ATV. We’ve heard many reports of the military, particularly Special Forces, making use of various ATVs over the past few years.
This is from the April 2004 Polaris press release announcing the contract awarded to supply these handy little vehicles:
The agreement, a result of more than two years of collaborative design work with Special Operations Command (SOCOM), includes the Polaris Sportsman MV (Military Version) model designed specifically for military use. The MV boasts the chassis and engine of a standard Sportsman 700, the most powerful automatic-transmission all-terrain vehicle in the world, but incorporates a number of unique features, making it ideal for military use in all types of terrain. Each Sportsman MV features:
- Infrared lights for enhanced night vision
- A roll bar to protect the vehicle
- Run-flat tires & Keyless ignition
- A fortified steel exoskeleton & enhanced suspension for greater support, increased protection, and the ability to cover rough terrain.
- Metal front and back racks that can carry two-times the cargo of a standard all-terrain vehicle
- Front and back winches capable of towing 2,500 lbs. each
- Increased fuel capacity for longer range travel
Some of them were dumped out the back of aircraft and parachuted to the ground in Afghanistan. (And other places, I’m sure.) ATV Connection writes
After building a number of these vehicles for SOCOM, a light bulb went off. Why don’t we sell these same vehicles to the public, minus the parachute and roll cage/gun mount?
They’ve also got a great letter from an 82nd soldier who used the Polaris to find a landmine.
The $9699 MSRP of the civilian version is more than Murdoc paid for his car, by the way.