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US Marine Corps Begins Fielding Polaris ULTV

Polaris ULTV demonstrator displayed to French Special Forces at SOFINS 2023 in late March [© Bob Morrison]

US Marine Corps Systems Command begins fielding cutting-edge ULTV (Ultra Light Tactical Vehicle) version of the Polaris MRZR Alpha 4.


Press Release, Quantico VA, 07 June 2023: Marine Corps Systems Command has begun fielding the new Ultra Light Tactical Vehicle, or ULTV, reaching initial operational capability and marking a significant milestone in the Corps’ Force Design 2030 modernisation efforts. This state-of-the-art tactical vehicle is set to enhance infantry, reconnaissance, and logistics mobility and sustainability, providing the modern warfighter with an advanced, lightweight solution tailored for operations in an anti-access/area denial environment.

The ULTV is a modular, off-road, utility vehicle which can be configured to provide logistical support to the FMF, perform casualty evacuation, command and control, and electronic warfare missions [USMC photo: Ashley Calingo]

“Fielding the ULTV serves as a signal that the Corps is keeping in stride with the ambitious roadmap laid out in Force Design 2030,” said Col. John Gutierrez, portfolio manager for Logistics Combat Element Systems. “This new capability will ultimately help forge a more agile and resilient Corps—one which is empowered to overcome the evolving complexities of modern warfare.

Fielding operations will proceed in conjunction with the First Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Pendleton, California. The first ULTVs have already arrived at I MEF, with 1st Battalion, 5th Marines receiving the initial vehicle set. An ongoing, structured roll-out will continue throughout the MEF, culminating in August, followed by additional fielding events across the Marine Corps.

Marines unload a Polaris MRZR Utility Task Vehicle, predecessor to the ULTV, from an MV-22B Osprey on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Feb. 19, 2019 [USMC: LCpl Camila Melendez]

The ULTV, a modular, off-road utility vehicle, is currently replacing the Utility Task Vehicle, or UTV, which has reached the end of its lifecycle. With its ability to be rapidly configured, the ULTV supports diverse infantry needs, ranging from logistical support and casualty evacuation to command and control and electronic warfare missions. Furthermore, the ULTV can be internally transported in the MV-22 and CH-53E/K, further facilitating rapid deployment.

“The ULTV is more than just a tactical vehicle; it enhances our capabilities across the board, ensuring the success of our mission and the safety of our Marines,” said Program Manager for Light Tactical Vehicles Jennifer Moore. “The ability to rapidly configure the ULTV to suit diverse mission needs – from logistical support to electronic warfare – enhances our capabilities in previously unimagined ways.”

The ULTV can be internally transported in the MV-22 and CH-53E/K [© Bob Morrison]


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