Ford Ranger pickup modified for the military

This Ford Ranger is ready to enlist.

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Automotive engineering firm Ricardo has teamed up with Polaris to develop a militarized version of the midsized pickup.

Using a European spec Ranger, which is similar to the U.S. version, but with different chassis specifications and drivetrains, Ricardo added a full roll cage equipped with an integrated weapons mount; ballistic glass and floor protection; and heavy-duty bumpers, skid plates and side steps.

(Ricardo)

Ricardo also increased the vehicle’s water fording capability to an unspecified depth; updated the suspension, wheels and brakes to handle the extra weight while improving its overall performance; and installed an electrical system protected against electromagnetic interference.

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Polaris, which builds several light off-road military vehicles, contributed to the design of the onboard power management and communication systems integration, according to Ricardo.

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Ricardo hasn’t confirmed any plans for production, but the company’s special vehicles director, Paul Tarry, said the Ranger demonstrates its ability to deliver a “cost-effective” production-based military machine.

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