US Marines’ amphibious vehicle will scale 3 metre-high sea walls

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  • The UHAC prototype departs the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R Gray
  • A half-scale ultra heavy-lift amphibious connector (UHAC) departs the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R Gray
  • The UHAC prototype departs the USS Rushmore. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R Gray
  • The UHAC prototype embarks the USS Rushmore for the first time. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R Gray
  • The UHAC prototype embarks the USS Rushmore for the first time. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R Gray
Date:7 August 2014 Tags:, ,

The US Marines recently displayed a half-scale model of their proposed amphibious vehicle – the Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC) – during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2014.

The UHAC prototype managed to travel at 7 km/h in water and could get over 1 metre-high sea walls. The full-scale model will be able to reach 40 km/h and scale up to 3 metre-high sea walls.

The model consists of two tracks that are made out of captured-air foam blocks, which gives the vehicle the propulsion it needs for land and sea travel.

Watch the US Marines testing the UHAC prototype at RIMPAC 2014…