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History of Polaris Government and Defense

soldiers loading polaris military atvs into an airplane

1980: A New Era

Throughout the 1980s and 90s, the United States military's rising demand for Polaris off-road vehicles leads to Polaris being the first ATV OEM to produce militarized vehicles for SOCOM and the United States Army.

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2005: Fielded and Founded

The extensive fielding of Polaris vehicles leads to the official founding of Polaris Defense in 2005, as a way for our company to better serve the needs of our nation's government and armed forces.

polaris RZR-SW military side by side utv

2005-2008: Establishing Our Presence

Polaris Defense steadily develops a range of vehicles to serve the U.S. and allied forces, including the MVRS, MV700, and RZR-SW, to meet the increasing demand for light off-road mobility platforms.

polaris mrzr tactical side by side utvs

2011 - 2012: Setting the Standard

Polaris Defense Launches the next generation of ATV and LT-ATVs to meet the demanding needs of U.S. and international special operations, expeditionary, and light infantry forces. Polaris is awarded several contracts from the U.S. and other allied governments for the MRZR (LT-ATV) and MV850 (ATV) vehicles.

soldiers loaded into a polaris dagor ultra-light combat vehicle with mounted machine gun

2014 - 2015: Redefining Mobility

The DAGOR ultra-light combat vehicle is designed and debuted by Polaris Defense to fill a gap in the light mobility portfolio for forces worldwide. The vehicle began production and distribution to U.S. forces soon after, and was awarded its first international contract to an allied government in 2015.

soldiers patrolling in a polaris mrzr turbo diesel tactical side by side

2016: Ongoing Innovation

In the spring of 2016 Polaris Defense announced the addition of the MRZR Turbo Diesel to its lineup. Designed to match the performance of the original MRZR vehicles, the Turbo Diesel includes several tactical adjustments as well as increased auxiliary power and range.

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2017: New Name, Same Dedication

Polaris has always been dedicated to delivering off-road mobility to the DoD as well as federal, state, and local agencies. In 2017, Polaris Defense was re-named Polaris Government and Defense to more appropriately represent the customers we proudly serve.

polaris ranger utvs with law enforcement packages installed

2018: Public Safety Vehicles Introduced

New equipment line-up built to meet the critical needs of law enforcement, fire and rescue operations, and government customers. Debuted in January 2018 and officially launched in April 2018.

employees installing accessories on a polaris ranger xp 1000 utv

2019: New Upfit Center in Huntsville, AL

The Upfit Center has allowed for improved focus on government customers and their specific needs through in-house accessory installation and customization, as well as an enhanced post-production quality process.

mrzr alpha 2 and mrzr alpha 4 parked in a forest

2020: Continued Enhancements

Polaris launches the MRZR Alpha, an all-new breed of light tactical vehicle, which supports U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) requirements for durability, performance, payload profile and internal air transportability and was selected as the new LTATV following a competitive bid process. The MRZR Alpha is Polaris’ 11th military vehicle produced in 12 years.

polaris mrzr alpha on the assembly line in roseau, mn

2021: Dedicated Assembly Line in Roseau, MN

Polaris has a new manufacturing line in Roseau and it is dedicated to military vehicles – including the new MRZR Alpha. The facility also does an extensive amount of upfit for snowmobiles and ATVs for government and defense customers.

Strong U.S. Manufacturing Footprint

Polaris designs, engineers and produces MV850 ATV, MRZR and DAGOR military vehicles in the U.S. Like all Polaris military platforms, the new MRZR Alpha continues a legacy of light tactical military vehicles that are intuitive to operate, easy to maintain, and easy to globally support within an existing worldwide infrastructure of parts distribution and dealer service networks.

A Global Company

Polaris Government and Defense vehicles are designed, engineered, and assembled in the American Midwest, ensuring that we deliver the highest quality vehicles to our trusted partners worldwide and serving as a global leader.