Regular military units, when undertaking missions, generally opt for off-road vehicles like the “Humvee.” However, for certain reconnaissance or special forces units, they typically equip themselves with relatively simple all-terrain vehicles or mountain motorcycles. This is because they are engaged in special missions that often require rapid movement and the need to minimize their profile. Therefore, they choose vehicles that are both simple and lightweight, yet possess high performance.

In this issue, we will present to you 14 types of military all-terrain vehicles and mountain motorcycles, all of which serve as the rides for various countries’ special forces.

1. Nikola “Hercules” All-Terrain Tactical Vehicle

Developed by the American company “Nikola,” the “Hercules” is an all-terrain tactical vehicle designed specifically for special operations. Abbreviated as UTV (Utility Task Vehicle), it features a pure electric drivetrain powered by four 400V AC motors. These motors can collectively unleash a maximum power of 600 horsepower. The vehicle offers the flexibility to switch between four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive modes to adapt to different road conditions.

Additionally, the “Hercules” allows customization for missions by offering the choice between 16-inch and 35-inch wheel rims along with corresponding tires. Both the tires and the vehicle’s body shell are constructed using Kevlar material, providing a combination of durability and ballistic resistance.

The vehicle has a length of 4064 millimeters, a width of 1828 millimeters, and a height of 1854 millimeters. It weighs 2.38 tons. Inside the vehicle, including the driver, it can accommodate up to 4 members. The weapon systems are modular and can be customized. It can be equipped with a remotely operated weapon station featuring a 7.62mm Gatling machine gun or a 7.62mm M240 machine gun. Additionally, the vehicle is outfitted with a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can provide reconnaissance of road conditions and enemy positions before and during operations.

 

2. “Polaris” MRZR-4 All-Terrain Tactical Vehicle

Developed by “Polaris” for military operations, the MRZR-4 is a 4×4 all-terrain tactical assault vehicle known for its lightweight construction and adaptability. It weighs only 867.3 kilograms when unladen and features a composite frame that provides both simplicity and remarkable flexibility.

With a length of 3594 millimeters, a width of 1524 millimeters, and a height of 1875 millimeters, the “Polaris” MRZR-4 can comfortably accommodate four occupants, including the driver. However, the rear section of the vehicle can be adapted according to operational requirements. It can be fitted with a simple cargo compartment for carrying ammunition and combat equipment, or it can be modified to include two additional seats, allowing for a total of six occupants.

3. “Polaris” MRZR-D4 Short Wheelbase Variant

This variant is an evolution of the MRZR-4, with a smaller size and lighter weight. It weighs just 682 kilograms. The reduced size means that under normal circumstances, the vehicle can accommodate only 2 occupants. The engine has also been changed to a 3-cylinder 875cc ProStar gasoline engine, producing a maximum power of 88 horsepower. It is equipped with an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The weapon options for this variant include a choice between 5.56mm or 7.62mm machine guns, or even a 40mm automatic grenade launcher. During combat operations, team members may need to manually operate the weapon system located at the rear of the vehicle. While moving forward, the vehicle can be switched between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive modes as needed.

4. The Tomcar TX4 is an all-terrain tactical assault vehicle produced by the Israeli company Tomcar.

 

The vehicle you’re describing is the “Tomcar,” a 4×4 all-terrain tactical vehicle designed in Australia. In its early stages, this model was adopted by Israeli special forces. Due to its lightweight design, a modified version of this vehicle was equipped for airborne operations, used in parachute assaults. The Tomcar can accommodate up to 4 crew members and features a semi-open cabin. During combat, the soft top can be removed, and a light machine gun or grenade launcher can be mounted on it.

The Tomcar TX4 is equipped with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine, producing a maximum power of 107 horsepower. It comes with a CVT automatic transmission and has a maximum highway speed of 100 kilometers per hour (approximately 62 mph). Additionally, this model is available in diesel and all-electric versions as well.

5. The ARIS LTATV (Light Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle) is a type of all-terrain vehicle designed for armed combat and military operations. It is engineered to operate effectively in a wide range of challenging terrains and environments.

The ARIS LTATV (Light Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle) is a 4×4 all-terrain armed combat vehicle developed by the Italian ARIS Automotive company for military operations. The LTATV features a streamlined design that gives it a futuristic appearance. The vehicle can accommodate up to 4 soldiers, and it has provisions to mount either a 7.62mm or 5.56mm machine gun on the roof and the co-driver’s position.

The vehicle you’re describing is impressive and seems to be well-suited for military applications. Based on your description, here are the key features of the vehicle:

Powertrain: The vehicle is equipped with a 75 kW (kilowatt) diesel engine and a 5-speed automatic transmission.

Top Speed: It can achieve a maximum speed of 100 kilometers per hour.

Bulletproof Materials: The tires and the main body of the vehicle are constructed using materials with bullet-resistant capabilities.

Weight and Payload: The vehicle has a weight of 4.8 tons and a payload capacity of 1200 kilograms.

Airdrop Capability: It can be rapidly airdropped during combat using CH-47 transport helicopters or C-130 transport planes.

Current Usage: This assault vehicle is currently being utilized by Italy’s special airborne forces.

 

6. Chaborz-M6 All-Terrain Assault Vehicle

The Chaborz-M6 is an all-terrain combat vehicle developed by Russia for special operations. It can also be referred to as the Chaborz-M6 Multi-purpose Combat Off-road Vehicle. This model is lightweight and has a simple structure. It is equipped with a Ladapriora (Lada) gasoline engine, capable of reaching a maximum highway speed of 130 kilometers per hour. The vehicle’s body is constructed through a combination of framing and welded steel plates, weighing 0.8 tons. The tires also possess bulletproof capability.

The driver’s cabin can accommodate up to 4 soldiers, and the rear section can seat 1 soldier, totaling 5 occupants. The vehicle’s roof can be equipped with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun or a 7.62mm general-purpose machine gun. It can also carry a grenade launcher and be used to tow a small amount of supplies. In addition to the M6 model, there is also an M3 model with a shorter wheelbase, accommodating only 3 soldiers. During snow operations, the vehicle can replace the two rear wheels with tracks. Currently, these two wheels can be swapped for skis. The Chaborz all-terrain combat vehicle is not only used by Russian special forces but also being adopted by Chechen special forces.

7. “Desert Raider” 6×6 All-Terrain Vehicle

The “Desert Raider” 6×6 All-Terrain Vehicle is a specialized combat vehicle designed by Israel. It is also known as the RSV (Rapid Support Vehicle) or FAV (Fast Attack Vehicle). It comes in both standard and attack configurations. This vehicle boasts strong off-road capabilities, with six wheels equipped with advanced suspension systems that can automatically adjust the vehicle’s height based on road conditions. This allows it to navigate through various challenging and complex terrains.

The vehicle is equipped with a turbocharged gasoline or diesel engine, capable of reaching a maximum highway speed of 110 kilometers per hour. Its overall length is 3.8 meters, width 1.95 meters, and height 1.85 meters. With a combat weight of 2.65 tons, the vehicle has a distinctive layout, with the driver’s seat positioned in the center. There are seating areas on both sides for passengers, and each side can be outfitted with a 5.56mm light machine gun. The roof of the vehicle can be equipped with a 7.62mm general-purpose machine gun or a 12.7mm heavy machine gun. This vehicle was already being adopted by Israeli special forces as early as the late 1990s.

8. “Polaris” MV800/850 4×4 All-Terrain Motorcycle

The “Polaris” MV800 series was introduced around 2007. Apart from being used by the US Navy SEALs and Delta Force, special forces in other Western regions have also adopted it extensively. This vehicle is powered by an 850cc 4-stroke SOHC engine and comes in both diesel and gasoline versions. Its steering system utilizes electric power drive, enhancing the vehicle’s maneuverability during off-road operations.

This vehicle is designed for single-person operation, and the rear space can be customized based on mission requirements. Typically, it’s used to carry necessary supplies and equipment for combat situations. However, it can also be equipped with weapons like grenade launchers or machine guns. The MV850 variant is an upgraded version featuring four vacuum tires that don’t require inflation. These tires resemble a honeycomb pattern, and even if a bullet hits the tire, it won’t significantly affect the vehicle’s forward speed.

9. RM500-2 4×4 All-Terrain Motorcycle

Also known as the AM-1 All-Terrain Motorcycle, the RM500-2 is developed by Russia for use by airborne and special forces units. The most common version is the 4×4 variant, although there are also a few 6×6 versions. It is equipped with a 4-stroke single-cylinder four-valve liquid-cooled gasoline engine and a CVT transmission. The engine generates a maximum power of 38 horsepower, allowing the motorcycle to achieve a top speed of 80 kilometers per hour. The vehicle can carry two soldiers, and the front space can accommodate a 7.62mm PKM general-purpose machine gun.

The vehicle has a length of 2565 millimeters, a width of 1245 millimeters, and a height of 1645 millimeters. With a net weight of 420 kilograms, it can be rapidly airdropped using the Il-76 strategic transport aircraft during combat operations. It can also be transported via helicopters for deployment.

10. “Silent Eagle” Mountain Motorcycle

 

The “Silent Eagle” is a mountain warfare motorcycle developed by American company “Logos Technologies” for US military special forces. To reduce noise and enhance mission stealth, this motorcycle employs a hybrid powertrain system, combining an electric motor with a diesel engine. Operators can switch between different modes depending on the mission requirements. The vehicle can achieve a top speed of 130 kilometers per hour and operates very quietly when in electric mode.

The exterior of the “Silent Eagle” features the use of lightweight and durable fiber materials for the body. The rear of the motorcycle is equipped with toolboxes on both sides, which can be used to carry tools and equipment required for operations. Currently, this type of mountain warfare motorcycle is indeed utilized by US military special forces.

11. Taurus 2×2 Mountain Motorcycle

The Taurus 2×2 Mountain Motorcycle is also developed by Russia. It has a distinctive appearance with two wide and rugged wheels. This design allows it to navigate through various terrains including deserts, mountains, snow, and muddy environments. The motorcycle is powered by a 4-stroke 210cc gasoline engine and can reach a maximum speed of 50 kilometers per hour. The total weight of the vehicle is 89 kilograms.

12. Kawasaki KLR650 Mountain Motorcycle

 

Kawasaki is one of the most renowned motorcycle brands in the world, originating from Japan. Among its notable models is the Kawasaki KLR650, which was originally designed for off-road racing but gained attention from the military due to its impressive performance and horsepower. The US military special forces, in particular, have adopted the Kawasaki KLR650 mountain motorcycle extensively, renaming it as the M1030M1 Military Motorcycle.

The military version of the Kawasaki KLR650, known as the M1030M1, is equipped with a 670cc diesel engine instead of a gasoline engine. It can reach a top speed of 90 kilometers per hour and is designed to perform well in desert and mountain environments. To enhance its camouflage, it features desert-colored paint. The military version is also built to be more durable to withstand the demands of military operations.

13. T4E Mountain Motorcycle

The full name is Cagiva T4E Military Mountain Motorcycle, developed by Italy, and later adopted by the French military’s special forces. This model is also considered one of the most iconic modern military motorcycles in the world and is still in use today.

14. “Harley-Davidson” MT500 Mountain Motorcycle

The MT500 was introduced in the late 1990s and saw limited use by US military special forces. The motorcycle featured a grass green paint scheme and came equipped with a toolbox as well as storage space for equipment.

The vehicle is powered by a 481cc Rotax air-cooled engine, generating a maximum power of 32 horsepower. It can reach a top speed of 80 kilometers per hour. However, the usage of this model has been decreasing over time, with better alternatives like Kawasaki and “Silent Eagle” series motorcycles gradually replacing it.