Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector

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The Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC) begins to rotate on the beach, 9 Jul 2014, at Marine Corps Training Area Bellows on Oahu, Hawaii during a Marine Corps Advanced Warfighting Experiment (AWE). The AWE is the culmination of a decade of progressive experimentation conducted by the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL) where they are testing potential future technologies, solutions and concepts to future Marine Air Ground Task Force challenges. The AWE is taking part during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Lt. Col. Don Gordon, the current Technology Officer at MCWL, said the UHAC is one of those experimental technologies that displays a possible capability of being able to insert Marines in areas where current technology wouldn't be able to insert them based on current systems that are fielded. The UHAC prototype is a ship-to-shore connector and is half the size of the intended machine. Currently, the UHAC travels at 4 knots (7 km/h) using a track system with floatation-like pads that propels itself through different terrain. Video filmed by Master SGT Kyle Olson and Gunnery SGT Jeremy Vought.

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  1. loupgarous
    loupgarous Jul 28, 2014

    I keep thinking of the early-1960s Project Ithacus concept, in which a single-stage rocket with droppable fuel tanks brought 1,200 soldiers and their gear from launch point to any place on Earth in less than an hour. Of course, modern antiballistic missile technology makes that just as scary a prospect for the soldiers inside as man-portable anti-aircraft missiles make this dirigible to anyone riding on it. Either way, you'd better pray that someone's been doing SEAD at the target site.

  2. loupgarous
    loupgarous Jul 28, 2014

    Whoops, didn't see the vid before commenting - my bad just how is this better than the Navy's current heavy-lift ground effects ships?

  3. 16484740
    16484740 Sep 23, 2014

    It reminds of the WWII LVT`s just with wider tracks And once you get on land it looks about useless

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