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US Marines demonstrate Ultra Heavy-lift Amphibious Connector prototype

•, Colin Jeffrey

In a recent demonstration carried out during RIMPAC 2014, the US Marines displayed and tested a fully-functional, half-scale prototype of its new amphibious transport vehicle. In its proposed full-size version the Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connecter (UHAC) concept is designed to power across the water with a payload of nearly 200 tons (180 tonne) at up to 20 knots (23 mph/37 km/h) and be capable of driving up on to the shore and over the top of obstructions up to 10 ft (3 m) high.

As the proposed next generation of amphibious lander, the full-scale version of the UHAC is set to boast triple the carrying capacity of the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) vehicles currently used to provide ship-to-shore transport for the US Navy by offering a payload capacity of up to 190 tons (172 tonne). Even though the demonstrator is just a half-scale version, it is still a substantial vehicle in itself at 42 ft (13 m) long, 26 ft (8 m) wide, and 17 ft (5 m) high.



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