Polaris Defense, a division of Polaris Industries Inc. is launching a new ultra-light combat vehicle - the DAGOR™ at the 2014 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting, in Washington, D.C. , Oct. 13-15. The DAGOR was designed and tested, and is now under contract and in production – all in less than two years – leveraging Polaris’ world class off-road engineering and design capability, to meet an emerging threat to SOF and light infantry forces.
The DAGOR has world-class capability in extreme off-road terrain at full payload. The purpose-built vehicle is designed with trophy truck-inspired suspension to carry 3,250 lbs of payload or a 9-man infantry squad at a higher rate of speed over terrain usually traveled on foot. This allows the warfighter to move quickly to the objective with mission-critical equipment.
“The DAGOR was engineered to meet a very demanding set of light-mobility needs for our customer,” said Jed Leonard, manager of Advanced Mobility Platforms, and Polaris Defense. “It provides the optimal balance of rapid air transportability, payload and advanced mobility. The design offers our customers a modular, light-weight platform to support a variety of expeditionary missions.”
For uncompromising safety and comfort, the DAGOR can be fitted with SHOXS “Slider-Risers” vehicle mechanisms, enabling greatly improved ergonomics and protection, especially on extended missions. The risers also help to improve occupant sight lines for increased safety and efficiency.
Riverine Command Boats are a lesser known component of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, which operates in the Persian Gulf region. They mostly sail in the shadows of the larger deck Navy warships that frequent the area and gobble up most of the attention. These extremely fast, armed crafts crewed by approximately eight sailors can perform a wide range of missions and have the capacity to carry special forces or small U.S. Marine units into coastal waters where larger warships simply cannot - making them a highly versatile asset. Safety and ergonomic features including SHOXS Shock Mitigation seating maximizes efficiency, safety and performance.
We are excited to welcome Tony Van Meter to the SHOXS team. Tony joins us as Director of Business Development — EAST and will be managing client relations and representing SHOXS and CDG Coast Dynamics Group with a focus on Asia Pacific, Latin America and Western U.S. regions.
Tony brings with him a wealth of industry experience and a true talent for building and nurturing strong customer relationships. His extensive knowledge of State and Local Law Enforcement, Fire and Maritime industries mean he is able to deeply relate to customer needs as well as the issues and capabilities that are most important to them when choosing shock mitigated seating for current and future projects.
Tony’s track record makes him perfectly suited for advancing the world’s most evolved shock mitigated seating systems to government and military markets alike. He has been a highly successful sales member of both SHOXS and SAFE Boats International and has also served on the Oregon State Marine Board as a Law Enforcement Coordinator and as Marine Patrol Supervisor for the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office. He is also a former member of the United States Coast Guard.
Welcome aboard Tony!
SHOXS is well renowned for building the safest, most technologically advanced shock mitigated boat seats in the world, but another area of expertise that isn’t well known is our ability to help customers build and concept custom deck layouts for any kind of vessel depending on specific mission profiles.
For military and security applications, the next generation of RHIBs and HSC will need to be larger, faster, multi-role craft with the same navigation, communication and information systems that are found on a ship’s bridge. Many fast craft will include modular design features that allow them to vary their internal and deck layouts for different mission profiles or as their role changes over time.
Docked in one of four slips that Customs and Border Protection leases at the Port of Port Angeles' Boat Haven is the 38-foot version of the Interceptor. It's called a Secure-Around-Flotation-Equipped boat, and it's made to be unsinkable. It sports four, 300-horsepower engines, each with its own throttle. The paramilitary speedboat is capable of cruising at 60 mph. A foam collar wrapped around the hull helps absorb the shock that's inevitable — even on placid waters — along with expertly constructed SHOXS seats that accordion slightly with every bounce, and seat arm-rests that curl up at the end for ready gripping while you sit tight.
Algerian terrorist Ahmed Ressam was on his way to bomb Los Angeles International Airport when he was nabbed in Port Angeles Dec. 14, 1999, by U.S. Customs inspectors shortly after driving off the Port Angeles-Victoria ferry, MV Coho. Because of Ressam, this area was pinpointed as a threat for terrorists coming through.
When it comes to protecting the waters from threats to national security — those grips sure came in handy. As though turning sharply on a motorcycle, the boat is plowed to a white-knuckle angle that seemed to bring passengers face-to-face with the sea.
“It's difficult to capsize,” Michienzi said reassuringly.
Still, the crew could be sitting in the Interceptor, relaxed, and minutes later be racing in the Strait with a Black Hawk helicopter from Border Patrol's Bellingham Air and Marine branch swooping behind for tactical support.