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DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 21 | JUN 2016
Polaris Defense has unveiled a new high performance
militarised side-by-side all-terrain vehicle (ATV) that runs on
The turbo diesel MRZR-D made its public debut at the
2016 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in
Tampa, Florida on 24-26 May.
The MRZR-D joins the petrol-powered MRZR family, the
two and four-seat versions of which have been in use by US
Special Operations Command since 2013.
The MRZR and ATVs like it are highly configurable
platforms, enabling operators to quickly prepare for a variety
of missions. Their ability to negotiate extreme terrain and be
deployed internally by tactical air assets such as the V-22
Osprey tilt-rotor and CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopter
significantly increases operational flexibility.
Standard features on the MRZR vehicles include increased
payload, self-recovery winch, electronic power steering,
aircraft tie-downs, foldable roll-over protective structures,
cargo boxes, infra-red light capability and blackout mode.
The US Army’s 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd
Airborne Division will jump into Poland this month on exercise
in a test of the unit’s MRZR vehicles. Involving about 10
vehicles, the MRZR’s ability to rapidly get soldiers mobile and
out of the drop zone will be assessed.
Retaining the performance and physical specifications of
the original MRZR vehicles, the MRZR-D benefits from end
user feedback in how to improve the new product. As such,
the MRZR-D includes updated occupant seating space,
ergonomics and sightlines. The MRZR-D also provides
The French Army will shortly introduce into service a new
counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) on a number
of its combat vehicles, including the new Griffon and Jaguar
wheeled armoured fighting vehicles being developed as
part of the Scorpion program.
Acquired under the French defence procurement
agency (DGA) program Barage (which seeks to
improve protection against radio-controlled IEDs for
French land forces), the Thales Eclipse C-IED system
recently achieved a key milestone with the successful
completion of qualification testing.
Eclipse is built around a new-generation
jammer that prevents IEDs from being detonated
by remote control. The moment an IED is
detected, Eclipse jams radio signals across a
wide range of frequencies without interfering with
the radio communication systems used by friendly
Now fully qualified for use in hostile and radio traffic
dense operational environments, Eclipse is compact
and designed for integration on any type of soft-skinned
or armoured vehicle. A modular, open architecture makes
it possible to expand the system’s defensive capabilities by
adding new functions as threats evolve. – Staff Reporters
increased auxiliary power and greater range.
The turbo diesel powertrain of the MRZR-D is consistent
with the US Army and US Marine Corps’ one battlefield
fuel policy. It also allows the vehicles to be more safely
transported in cargo aircraft and amphibious ships which
often restrict the carriage of petrol-powered vehicles.
– Ian Bostock
Polaris unveils turbo diesel ATV
New C-IED system for French
ABOVE: The MRZR-D retains the specifications of the petrol-
powered MRZR but adds the benefit of a diesel powertrain.
ABOVE: The Eclipse C-IED system was recently qualified and
will enter French service on a variety of combat vehicles.
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A joint Australian-US team has demonstrated hypersonic
flight, with the successful launch of an experimental rocket at
the Woomera Test Range in South Australia.
According to a Department of Defence release on 18
May, the rocket reached an apogee of 278km, achieving
the targeted speed of Mach 7.5 (seven and a half times the
speed of sound).
The experimental flight was undertaken as part of a joint
Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation
(HIFiRE) program being conducted by Australia’s Defence
Science and Technology Group and the US Air Force
Research Laboratory, with Boeing, BAE Systems, German
aerospace centre DLR and the University of Queensland
providing expert technical design and analysis.
HIFiRE 5b is one of a series of 10 flight experiments aimed
at investigating physical phenomena of flight at more than
five times the speed of sound. The knowledge gained from
these experiments will be applied to develop future flight
vehicles and testing of advanced air-breathing hypersonic
propulsion engines known as supersonic combustion ramjets
More test flights are scheduled in the next two years.
– Staff Reporters
The experimental rocket
on its way to Mach
7.5 during the latest
hypersonic test. Image: ADF
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