A team consisting of Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) and Polaris Government and Defense, a division of Polaris Inc., will build a prototype based on Polaris’ DAGOR vehicle for the U.S. Army’s Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) program.
The SAIC-Polaris team is one of the three companies/teams selected by the Army to develop prototypes for the ISV program. The other competing teams are the Oshkosh Defense-Flyer team and GM Defense.
The SAIC-Polaris team has already delivered a baseline vehicle sample to soldiers in the 82nd Airborne Division for soldier assessment. The DAGOR vehicle can carry up to nine soldiers with their equipment and supplies. It provides the speed, mobility and communications support Army small units require to obtain and maintain situational awareness of the battlefield.
SAIC’s expertise in C4ISR integration onto ground vehicles could provide additional capabilities such as cybersecurity, enhanced surveillance, secure communications, and non-kinetic fires. The DAGOR ISV will leverage and further enhance the already proven, production-ready solution that has been tested, certified, and fielded to operational units in the U.S. Military and its Allies since 2015.
U.S. Army Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) Program
Through the Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) program, the U.S. Army is seeking a lightweight expeditionary all-terrain vehicle that is essential to increase speed in combat and provide the ability to be transported by helicopter into austere locations.
The ISV must be light enough to be sling-loaded from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, compact enough to fit inside a CH-47 Chinook helicopter and versatile enough to carry up to nine soldiers and all of their gear at highway speeds on pavement and off-road under extreme conditions with a payload capacity of 5,000 lbs.
The U.S. Army, on August 23, selected three companies to develop prototypes for the program – the Oshkosh Defense-Flyer team, GM Defense, and SAIC-Polaris team.
The Oshkosh-Flyer team’s ISV design shares a 95 percent commonality with two of Flyer’s previously fielded vehicles; the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)’s GMV 1.1 (M1288) and the U.S Army A-GMV (M1297), which currently serves as the Army’s interim ISV solution. GM Defense is offering a new platform based on the Chevrolet Colorado midsize truck architecture and its ZR2 and ZR2 Bison variants. The SAIC-Polaris team is offering Polaris’ proven DAGOR vehicle for the program.
The scheduled delivery date for all three competing teams is Nov. 13, at Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) in Maryland for the initial assessment. Upon their arrival at the Maryland Proving Ground, all designs will compete in several performance, operational, and characteristics tests. Evaluations are scheduled to run through December.
Following their early trials, the vehicles will be moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to undergo their second round of testing. Once there, they will be subject to operationalized assessments through a series of tests on how effective the prototypes work for Soldiers.
The Army plans to down-select one company for production in the second quarter of the fiscal year 2020. In total, the U.S. Army plans to procure 651 vehicles (including two prototypes) and associated hardware and services between fiscal years 2020 and 2024.