The Marine Corps has opened its search for a new ultra-light all-terrain tactical vehicle intended to replace the Polaris [PII] MRZR around the fiscal year 2022 timeframe.
Program Executive Office – Land Systems (PEO LS) released a request for information notice Nov. 9 for the Ultra-Light Tactical Vehicle (ULTV), which officials said must be capable of handling infantry units’ electronic warfare and logistics operations.
The ULTV will replace the MRZR, the Marine Corps’ Utility Task Vehicle (UTV), which only started fielding in the last couple years.
“The UTV has a life expectancy of five years, therefore the Marine Corps is initiating research efforts to see what industry will have available that may meet the Corps’ needs and could potentially inform a full-rate production decision in early FY ’22 for a replacement to the UTV program,” Manny Pacheco, a spokesman for PEO LS, told Defense Daily.
Officials are looking for a fully developed off-road vehicle that is modular and transportable on MV-22 and CH-53E/K aircraft, according to the RFI.
PEO LS will hold an industry day in early January at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, where companies will have a chance to demonstrate their vehicles on an off-road track.
Responses to the RFI are due by Dec. 10.