U.S. Army National Guard Buys Off Road Vehicles From Polaris

by: Matthew Potter
October 15, 2009

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One of the primary missions of the United States Army National Guard (ARNG) is to respond to natural disasters in the fifty states. These include hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes as well as large fires and even blizzards. While much of their standard military equipment may be used for these types of operations they also buy some separate hardware to support those kind of missions. The UH-72A Lakota aircraft is designed to operate primarily in the U.S. and its territories for example and not combat situations.

The ARNG announced that they had given Polaris a contract worth over $2 million to buy four wheel drive off road vehicles to support their disaster relief in the U.S. These 800 trucks will also have the capability to support overseas operations if required. The purchase of these commercially available vehicles also illustrates how the U.S. military is showing some imagination in how the acquire equipment and probably saving the tax payer some money as well.

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