Team Polaris Demos MRZR X Ahead of Robotic Vehicle Competition

Team Polaris, consisting of Polaris, ARA, and Neya Systems, recently demonstrated its MRZR® X at Texas A&M University for the U.S. Army in anticipation of a major robotic combat vehicle competition.

Team Polaris brought its optionally-manned MRZR® X to demonstrate the modularity and capability of the base platform and technology, which meets the payload and mobility goals of the Remote Combat Vehicle-Light (RCV-L) program.

The demonstration comes as the Army reviews its modernization efforts in the face of a shift to near-peer adversaries, and seeks to further integrate autonomy and other modernized capabilities into its combat vehicle fleet.

“THE MRZR® X BASE PLATFORM AND TECHNOLOGY IS A GREAT STEPPING STONE THAT MEETS THE PAYLOAD AND MOBILITY GOALS OF THE RCV–L PROGRAM, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO FURTHER EXPLORING THE USE OF MRZR® X AS A POSSIBLE RCV-L SOLUTION,” – ARA DIVISION MANAGER MATTHEW FORDHAM.

The platform is capable of highway speeds, allowing it to move with convoys. In addition, the drive-by-wire technology integrated on the MRZR® X is a generational leap forward for off-road vehicles.

“The industry-standard Robotic Operating System (ROS) and Interoperability (IOP) interfaces provide the government with several options as they move forward with payloads from different vendors to meet the ever-changing mission sets of our soldiers,” Fordham added.

Team Polaris also demonstrated the automatic launch and recovery of a micro drone, the use of a multispectral imaging system, and the integration of federated networks on the Polaris MRZR® X.

“The system can scout possible routes for the platform and ground forces, provide over watch of an attack, enemy movement or general areas of interest, and provide nighttime infrared target acquisition and situational awareness before committing soldiers to a route or target,” Fordham said.

To learn more about the demo, visit the article published in Defense News: https://www.defensenews.com/land/2019/05/23/players-surfacing-for-robotic-combat-vehicle-competition/

Media Contact: 
Katie Paulson
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katie@kp-publicrelations.com

About Polaris® Government and Defense
Polaris Government and Defense vehicles are forged from more than 60 years of off-road innovation and leadership. The commercial prowess and innovative culture of Polaris Industries are leveraged to deliver unique value to government entities and military forces worldwide. This dedicated division provides highly capable, simple to use, and affordable mobility platforms and vehicles that are readily available through easy procurement channels and supported through lifecycle training, service and maintenance from Polaris – the original equipment manufacturer.

About ARA

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) was founded in 1979, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to offer science and engineering research to solve problems of national importance. ARA delivers leading-edge products and solutions for national defense, energy, homeland security, aerospace, healthcare, transportation, and manufacturing. With over 1,500 employee-owners at locations in the U.S. and Canada, ARA offers a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil engineering, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, biomedical engineering, environmental technologies, and blast testing and measurement.

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