Innovative technology DARPA — floating conveyor «CAAT»

In the near future we are constantly looking for design and development of various types of armored military vehicles. But here's the universal technical means capable of rapidly move across multiple environments, developed in the main, if necessary. So, for example, when the required hardware for the Arctic began to hastily create amphibian capable of traveling on water, ice, snow and land. Now a South American military needed technical means capable of moving cargo through water obstacles, pass through swampy and sandy terrain. To realize all these capabilities in one machine was designed programm «Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform», in which designed and built the most experienced model amphibious tank under the title «CAAT».

Innovative technologies DARPA - floating conveyor «CAAT»

The purpose of this development — with Innovative solutions provide frisky conversion of all vessels and container ships in the typical supply base for use in the conduct of military operations, rescue operations without the need of construction or the presence of port and harbor infrastructure. The main purpose — the emergency rescue tasks for the delivery of goods, housing solutions, providing medical aid, food supplies and water.

There are no plans to stuff this decision weapons — the main purpose is transportation and delivery of goods. One can only wonder why CAAT dubbed specifically tank. Maybe it affected the force of habit, to name a cumbersome machinery of the caterpillar — a tank, can other unknown reasons.

The most important feature is the implementation of the CAAT crawler. It is quite different from conventional steel shoe and created out of the sealed plastic containers and Myagenko, which is located inside the air. Such an unusual decision This technique allows fast and well enough to move on ordinary ground, overcome water obstacles, move loads in the sand and marshland. Larvae have allowed considerably lower tank pressure exerted on the supporting surface, and it does not exceed 0.14 kilograms per cm2.

Innovative technologies DARPA - floating conveyor «CAAT»

Built by experienced amphibian is reduced 1:5 scale demonstrator. DARPA wanted to show that the design and Innovative solutions embodied in the demonstrator, in real criteria for work, and work according to the calculations. After research trials CAAT will be given the research department of the United States Navy. There will be quite decide the fate of programs from «Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform». Maybe he will be elected for a partial substitution of the hovercraft as a floating freighter wide applicability. In case the CAAT for the upcoming development, it can go into service in 2015. The demonstrator has a length of a little more than 10 meters and weighs around 4 tons. Real CAAT will have a length of 50-60 meters and a weight of about 450 tons.

CAAT concept for the Navy — delivery standard (ordinary civilians) universal transport containers from the ship is laid up at either the coastal region. Floating transport workers are not required to unload (load) mooring solutions, it is able to get out on the rocky or swampy store, also deliver a roaming load in the depths of the coastal zone. In the armed forces it can be used in the implementation of unconventional warfare plans, frisky deliver cargo and ammunition in the rugged areas and assisting victims in tragedies, disasters and calamities.

As you know, large-capacity cargo delivery to the area for all purposes, it is easiest to perform on the water. Thus, the average container ship can deliver close to shore about 5,000 20-foot containers, or 100 thousand tons of cargo. Container can just deliver load in the bed of rivers and lakes. But the unloading of containers may be rather difficult task. Having to provide new floating transports, with ship cranes, standard containers can be rapidly delivered to the desired point of discharge. In addition, CAAT is not much sensitive to the presence of foreign objects in the water that are in the water during natural disasters and catastrophes.

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