Tampa, Florida — The U.S. military along with the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) are constantly looking to enhance its lethality in war by way of highly mobile, lightweight, swift strike attack vehicles that can quickly transport troops into and out danger zones. Sometimes that will require something with more versatility then what the aging fleet of HUMVEE’s can provide. Enter Polaris Defense and its new line of lightweight turbo diesel known as the DAGOR.
Polaris Defense showed off its latest version of the DAGOR at the 2017 Special Operations Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa this week and it seemed to draw the crowds interested in the slick look and functionality of what presented like a tactical sport truck inspired “Doom Buggy” of the future.
“The DAGOR project from the beginning was co evolved with the Special Operations Community to include a few unnamed Tier 1 elements as well.” The Polaris Defense senior DAGOR project manager, Jed Leonard told SOFREP. “The DAGOR was purpose-built with direct feedback from the warfighter and end-user communities and the design portrays just that. “The only reason it [DAGOR] exists is that there was a demand from the military — it was needed.” Leonard continued. “The operators from the international Special Operations community were integral in mapping out the architecture and development of the DAGOR down to its individual storage compartments.”
The design of the DAGOR is a drastic leap from conventional Hummers fielded now, however it isn’t being marketed as a HUMVEE replacement like General Dynamics Flyer 72 Special Operations Vehicle. No, this is a very quick, highly mobile fast attack vehicle that gives up armor for speed. Leonard explained that; “The speed and mobility of the platform is the protection. You get more range with less weight.” And they hit that mark as the DAGOR comes in at a lean 4500lb max load capacity and is designed to be sling-loaded from a UH-60 Blackhawk or air-dropped with paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division who are already fielding 70 of these “Doom Buggies” with an unknown number going to Canadian Special Forces in the early summer.
The DAGOR can support and carry up to nine fully outfitted soldiers and mission essential equipment with ease and has passed the U.S. government’s durability trials, which among other things certify these for airborne operations; something the paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne and quite possibly the 173rd Airborne Brigade should be excited about. The DAGOR seems to be a solid option for these units from air-field seizures to quickly moving off a drop zone. The Polaris DAGOR is looking to be another great option for warfighters seen at the 2017 SOFIC conference.