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DARPA Captive Air Amphibious Transporter

DARPA Captive Air Amphibious Transporter

Watch DARPA's CAAT prototype in test trails...

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.

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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.

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