Polaris wil provide ATV All-Terrain Vehicles MV850 to army and Special Forces of Germany 1409131
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|Saturday, September 14, 2013 10:55 AM|
|Polaris wil provide ATV All-Terrain Vehicles MV850 to army and Special Forces of Germany.|
Polaris Industries Inc. has long made military all-terrain vehicles for U.S. forces, but it’s expanding its reach overseas. The Medina-based company announced Thursday, September 12, 2013, that it secured a contract to provide Polaris ATVs (All-TerrainVehicle) MV 850 to the German army.
Polaris ATV All-Terrain Vehicle MV 850
Under the deal, Polaris will customize its MV 850 ultralight tactical vehicles for the German army and special forces. The vehicle was originally designed for U.S. Army use in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Polaris offers several unique options, including its airless or “non-pneumatic” tires, which can withstand nails, railroad spikes, glass, and war-torn terrain without going flat. Polaris also offers military ATVs that are electrically powered and have various seating options. The company makes ATVs for two, four or six passengers and offers various rack attachments.
Polaris’ international military sales will be more important to growth going forward because of U.S. Department of Defense budget cuts. Polaris’ military sales have been affected by America’s exit from the war in Iraq and its planned departure from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
In 2007, Polaris won its largest military contract at the time, a three-year, $16 million deal to make 1,000 ATVs for the U.S. Army. In 2009, the order grew by $6 million. In 2011, Polaris scored a $54 million contract for military ATVs and parts for use in Iraq and Afghanistan. And last year it partnered with the U.S. Army and another company to develop lightweight armor for military vehicles.