Thursday, 23 Aug, 2012 Technology

Latest Invention: DARPA's CAAT Vehicle Carries Enormously Large Cargo on Land and Water


One of the latest inventions recently presented by DARPA is a tank-like CAAT (Captive Air Amphibious Transporter) vehicle that can be used for quick ship-to-shore missions.

The vehicle was designed to offer a flexible capability for resolving supply issues that occur during exceptional warfare scenarios. It can also be used to help during humanitarian disasters.

In its essence the CAAT represents a tank equipped with air-filled treads that help the vehicle carry loads of multiple shipping containers over water and debris found in it, and on land. Thus it can be used to deliver extremely large quantities of supplies to disaster regions and add to this the fact that the fastest way to transport huge quantities of supplies from point A to point B is by water.

Check out the video below to see the trials of a 1/5th scale prototype of the CAAT vehicle. The prototype is over 10 meters (33 ft) long and weights 4 tons. The full-scale model will boast half the length of a football field but a weight of just 450 tons, which leaves enough capacity for hundreds of tons of shipment.

[via DARPA]

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