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Next-Generation Polaris DAGOR Evolves

DAGOR A1 – image © Polaris Government and Defense

Last week US manufacturer Polaris Government and Defense announced it is evolving its squad-ready DAGOR off-road vehicle with the introduction of the DAGOR A1.

The DAGOR A1 provides improved performance and capabilities with better mobility and operator functionality for customers which already include US Special Forces, the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), multiple European militaries and additional global forces.

DAGOR serving with US Airborne in Poland in 2016 [© Bob Morrison]

“DAGOR® is deployed around the world. Its flexible and modular design allows it to fulfill a number of missions and evolve with threats,” said Mark McCormick, senior director, Polaris Government and Defense. “DAGOR A1 is our answer to operators that are asking for more payload and mobility, with an increase of more than 20 percent in total carrying capacity. The DAGOR A1 is ideally suited to provide enhanced tactical mobility as well as command and control for infantry forces at the squad, company level and higher.”

The DAGOR’s modularity continues to allow for missionisation, including the Squad Carrier configuration, the Personnel Recovery Kit, or Canada’s Ultra-Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV) configuration. New missionisation components include newly designed fuel or water can holders that can be placed in several locations quickly and easily with newly offered cargo box aircraft rails, RF antenna mounts and a tailgate that is aircraft rail compatible for a convenient and familiar storage options for the tailgate’s 500-pound (227 kilogramme) capacity.

DAGOR A1 – image © Polaris Government and Defense

DAGOR provides exceptional off-road mobility, payload and transportability – carrying up to nine warfighters and their gear, for a total payload of up to 4,000 pounds (1,814 kilogrammes) on the DAGOR A1. An increased ride height – even at full payload – provides better obstacle clearance and improves off-road mobility. DAGOR A1 maintains air-drop, sling-load and internal tactical air transportability on CH47 and CH53 helicopters from the original ultralight vehicle platform. And DAGOR has successfully completed hot weather trials in the Gulf Region.

DAGOR demonstrator at Copehil Down during the UK’s Army Warfighting Experiment 2017 [© Bob Morrison]

The DAGOR A1 also incorporates durability and improved operator functionality. An in-dash power management screen provides in-cab access to vehicle component condition – like battery state of charge – to aid in communications and silent watch. Expanded lighting options and integrated wiring expands on the utility of the open-concept DAGOR.

“Polaris is centered around delivering constant innovation to our customers as the competitive commercial market demands,” said McCormick. “Our military customers worldwide benefit from our innovative DNA and perfected large-scale processes to field the latest technology, because it allows us to constantly deliver the very latest in mobility to the warfighter.”

Members of CANSOFCOM unload new ULCV in Petawawa, Ontario, on January 23, 2018. [© 2018 DND/MDN: CSOR Imaging]

Polaris is under contract to provide CANSOFCOM with the DAGOR A1 with a specialty ULCV package. DAGOR ULCV delivery began in 2017 and will be completed this year.

DAGOR uses a readily available commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) driveline, controls and components streamlining mechanic and operator training, like a diesel/JP8 COTS engine selected for its ideal combination of power, weight and size. DAGOR’s unique design allows for ease of operation, maintenance and sustainment in support of combat operations. The open design of the cargo bed maximises loading space, flexibility and access for mission-essential equipment. Polaris provides sustainment for DAGOR vehicles fielded, including parts through DLA and service through a global network of Field Service Reps (FSRs).

DAGOR A1 – image © Polaris Government and Defense

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