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UTVs in the Military

Military Kawasaki Teryx

The military has seen how versatile UTVs are and they are putting them to use. From highly-mobile, CV-22 transportable, multi-configurable off-road platforms used by SOCOM, to base vehicles used to carry and tow large loads, UTVs are filling a vital role.

The UTV platforms are a modular design to meet the demanding needs of U.S. and international special operations, expeditionary and light infantry forces. Many of these vehicles are deployed and in use around the globe, in all of the U.S. military branches and special operations forces along with several allied militaries and special operations forces.

Lightweight Tactical All Terrain Vehicles (LTATVs) are small, side-by-side vehicles in use by American Special Operations Forces, including those operating in Afghanistan. LTATVs provides SOF teams with a highly maneuverable and mobile form of transportation that is also low profile.

The military grade side-by-side ATVs are deployed by U.S. Special Operations Forces on quick response and low profile missions where heavier equipment would just get in the way. These  ultra-light tactical vehicles come in two-seat or four seat versions. They are fast on their feet and favor agility over armor.

Lightweight Tactical All Terrain Vehicles are deployed by U.S. Special Operations Forces on quick response and low profile missions where heavier equipment would just get in the way. The vehicles can also be transported on a variety of small aircraft, including the CH47 Chinook helicopter or the V-22 Osprey.

When it comes to Special Operations Forces on quick response and low profile missions, the military has looked at several key features for LTATV vehicles including:

  1. Internally transportable by military aircraft (CV-22 & MH-47)
  2. Payload of 1,100 pounds (4x4 variant) and 1,200pounds (6x6 variant)
  3. Operating Range of 150 miles
  4. Equipped with standard automotive controls to include a steering wheel
  5. Equipped with roll over protection
  6. Equipped with industry standard ( 4- or 5- point ) seat belts
  7. Equipped with run flat tires that are capable of moving the vehicle, after tire penetration, for 15 miles at 30 miles per hour
     

BRP Strike C Commander in a helicoper
Loading a RP Advanced Strike C into a CH47 Chinook

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Polaris RZR SW

Polaris MVRS 700 4x4 - U.S. Armed Services
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Polaris MRZR 2

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Polaris  MRZR 4

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Mobile Command Post using Kawasaki Teryx

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Polaris RANGER 800 Crew
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UTV in the Military

Yamaha Rhino - Afganistan
Senior Airman Mark Malkowski, United States Air Force
Location: Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
UTV: Yamaha Rhino

Yamaha Rhino - Afganistan
First Lieutenant Chris Lucas, United States Army - 101st Airborne Division
Location: Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
UTV: Yamaha Rhino

John Deere UTV in Afganistan - 101st Airbone
United States Army - 101st Airborne Division
Aviation maintenance support team
Location: Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
UTV: John Deere Gator

Polaris Ranger in Afganistan - 101st Airbone
United States Army - 101st Airborne Division
Location: Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
UTV: Polaris Ranger

Polaris RANGER Crew 6x6
SPC. Kevin Knight, U.S. Army 172nd. INF. Brigade
TF 1-2 INF. Recovery Welding Shop
Location: FOB. Echo, Iraq
UTV: '08 Ranger 6x6 Custom made Crew

John Deere Gator
U.S. Army, 172nd Infantry Brigade
Location: Fob Echo, Iraq
Used by our medical platoon

Kubota RTV 900
U.S. Army, 172nd Infantry Brigade
Location: Fob Echo, Iraq
Used by Abrams tank mechanics


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Be sure to let us know where the UTV is used.  Give us names and your branch & unit.

And feel free to show us any modifications that have been made or anything special about how your UTV is used.

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