Canadian Special Forces take delivery of Polaris Dagor ULCV vehicles
The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) has take the delivery of its first Ultra-Light Combat Vehicles (ULCV) also named Dagor. This vehicle is designed and manufactured by the American Company Polaris Government & Defense and was unveiled at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting and exposition held in Washington DC in October 2014.
The delivery of Polaris Dagor Ultra-Light Combat Vehicles ULCV to Canadian Special Forces (Picture source Canada MoD)
The Polaris Dagor will provide Canadian Special Forces with fast, mobile transportation over demanding terrain, and has been specifically configured to support rapid deployment by most Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft, particularly the CH-147F Chinook helicopter.
“The women and men of our Special Operations Forces deserve the best equipment to do the tough job we ask of them. We are proud of them, and through Strong, Secure, Engaged, our government will continue to make investments in our most important asset: our people.” said the Defense Minister Harjit S. Sajjan
“The acquisition of the ULCV is a tremendous step forward in light mobility for the men and women of CANSOFCOM. This platform will serve as a unique complement to our existing mobility arsenal and assist CANSOFCOM in its delivery of agile special operations forces effects for years to come.” said the Major-General Mike Rouleau, Commander, Canadian Special Operations Forces Command.
The Dagor is based on open top configuration and can accommodate up to nine troops including a gunner. Four personnel are seated at the vehicle, while four military personnel can be seated on additional seats at the rear.
The Polaris Dagor can be armed with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun which can be mounted on a circular ring mount located in the middle of the open top area. Additional 7.62 or 5.56mm machine gun can be fitted on swivel station mounted on each side of the vehicle.
The DAGOR ULCV is motorized with a light weight JP8 turbo diesel engine located at the front section. It can reach a maximum top speed of 135 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 805 km.