The Pentagon’s forward thinking Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is in the midst of developing a new rugged amphibious vehicle designed to glide over debris-ridden water, land and mud.
Dubbed the captive air amphibious transporter (CAAT), the amphibious vehicle bears a resemblance to hovercraft with modified tank treads with airfield pontoons.
DARPA Captive Air Amphibious Transporter
The 4-ton prototype – shown in the clip – is just one-fifth the scale of the proposed 450-ton CAAT, which aims to serves as a valuable delivery tool for disaster-stricken coastal areas.
In press release, DARPA notes that the vehicle “derives from the tactically expandable maritime platform (TEMP), a program that aims to create a variety of support modules that can fit within traditional 20- to 40-foot commercial containers for easier transport and deployment during disaster scenarios.”
Although trials are clearly well underway, DARPA has yet to announce a date for CAAT’s deployment.