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 technical equipment for Arctic exploration, began hastily to create amphibian capable of traveling on water, ice, snow and earth. Now a South American military hardware required, the ability to move goods across water obstacles, pass through swampy and sandy areas. To implement all these abilities in one machine was designed programm «Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform», in which designed and built the experienced standard amphibious tank under the title «CAAT».
The purpose of this development — using innovatorskih solutions provide frisky converting all vessels and containerships typical supply base for use in the conduct of military operations, rescue operations without the need of construction or the presence of port-berth infrastructure. The main purpose — the emergency rescue missions to deliver goods, residential solutions, providing medical assistance, food and water.
There are no plans to stuff the decision weapons — the main purpose is the transportation and delivery of goods. One can only wonder why CAAT dubbed specifically tank. May impact the force of habit, to name a cumbersome technique crawler execution — 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 from plastic and sealed Myagenkaya tanks, which is inside the air. This extraordinary solution allows this technique pretty quickly and successfully move on ordinary soil, water obstacles, move loads in sand and marshland. Caterpillars have allowed the tank to significantly reduce the pressure exerted on the supporting surface, and it does not exceed 0.14 kg per cm2.
Built experienced amphibian is reduced demonstrator scale 1:5. DARPA wanted to show that the design and innovatorskie solutions embodied in the demonstrator, in real criteria for work, and work according to the calculations. After research trials CAAT will be given the scientific department of the United States Navy. There will be quite decide the fate of applets «Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform». Maybe he will be elected for the partial substitution of hovercraft as floating freighter wide applicability. In case the CAAT for the upcoming development, it can go into service in 2015. Demonstrator has a length of a little more than 10 meters and weighs in the region of 4 tons. Real CAAT will have a length of 50-60 meters and a weight of about 450 tons.
CAAT concept for the Navy — standard shipping (ordinary civilians) universal transport containers from ship to saves or coastal region. Floating transporters are not required to unload (load) mooring solutions, he is able to get out on rocky or swampy saves also deliver moving cargo into the depths of the coastal zone. In the armed forces it can be used in the implementation of unconventional warfare plans, frisky freight and ammunition in rugged areas and assisting victims in tragedies, disasters and calamities.
As is known, large-scale delivery of cargo to the area for all purposes, the easiest to perform on the water. Thus, the average container can deliver close to shore about 5,000 20-foot containers or 100 thousand tons of cargo. Container can simply deliver the goods in rivers and lakes. But unloading of containers may be rather difficult task. Having providing new floating transporters, using ship cranes, standard containers can be delivered rapidly to the desired point of discharge. Besides CAAT not sensitive enough to the presence of foreign objects in the water that was in the water during disasters and catastrophes.