All-Terrain Vehicles for US SOCOM
UV Country Inc., of Houston, TX received a maximum $28.4 million firm-fixed-price, 5-year indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for 1,625 Light Tactical All-Terrain Vehicles – an average of about $17,500 per vehicle. U.S. Special Operations Command will place orders as needed between April 10/09 – April 9/14 (H92222-09-D-0013).
ATVs have become popular with hunters and outdoor types, for their ability to carry gear into rugged, remote areas. Special Forces troops, who have the same needs, have happily adopted and adapted these small off-road vehicles to their own uses. UV Country carries Kawasaki products. The Mule 4010 4×4 weighs about 1,430 pounds, and can carry up to 1,330 pounds of gear on rear and roof platforms. The firm also carries Kawasaki’s Teryx “Recreational Utility Vehicle,” which has a very similar size and weight, but offers less cargo capacity (500 pounds, no roof rack) in exchange for an uprated engine that improves its mobility and towing capacity (1,300 pounds vs. 1,200).