Combat Utes for the Army, Part 2

The Polaris MRZR light tactical all-terrain vehicle displayed at DSA 2024.

SHAH ALAM: Back in March, Malaysian Defence reported that the Army intent to procure some 100 combat buggies for use by its forces to augment the scramblers in reconnaissance platoons. The extra capacity of the combat utes will allow scouts to carry more equipment.

And it appears that the leading candidate – Polaris MRZR light tactical all-terrain vehicle or combat buggy – will undergo local testing after making its debut at the DSA 2024. And unlike the desert sand coloured MRZR pictured at a Bangkok defence show a few years back, the one displayed at DSA 2024 is in green. It is still a four-seater model though.

The Polaris MRZR light tactical all-terrain vehicle displayed at DSA 2024.

Victoris Technica Sdn Bhd executive director Major (rtd) Mohd Rizal Rozali said the MRZR is configured for reconnaissance work and will be fitted with machine guns. For the show the MRZR is fitted with the HMG on the back but for the trials, the machine gun will be fitted on a ring-mount on top of the cabin.
The Polaris MRZR light tactical all-terrain vehicle displayed at DSA 2024.

It must be noted that industry sources that the number of buggies being sought by the Army has now been reduced to eighty only mainly due to the weakening ringgit.
Polaris MRZR. This is the four seater model pictured at the Bangkok defence show in 2015. Polaris was hoping they would get more regional sales after they sold ten to PDRM that year. Malaysian Defence.picture.

— Malaysian Defence

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5 Comments

  1. TD should also procure a small number of chinese made utes just to test their reliability. The Russians bought thousands of them.

  2. Cendana auto has proposed 2 new vehicles, the Maggaret LTV n Vextor Light Troop Carrier @ similar to Humvee to meetbd requirements of 10 Para n Infantry Battalions

    Any updates on contracts other than ADA Malaysia Variant, SPH, Helos ?

  3. Hasnan – ” The Russians bought thousands of them.”

    They didn’t have an alternative did they now?

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