Check Out the U.S. Marine Corps’ New Amphibious Tank
by Owen James Burke
The United States’ Marine Corps just unveiled their new amphibious vehicle concept for 2014. It can travel at 4 knots per hour, trample waves, and climb 10-foot high seawalls.
Built in Hawaii, this is the 1/2 scale concept version of what they’re calling an “Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC).” The tracks are made of a flexible foam-like material, not steel, which helps it roll over obstacles that hovercrafts (LCACs) and other amphibious vehicles cannot, all while carrying massive loads. The full-scale version is designed to carry three battle tanks.
Under way, it kind of looks like a backhoe crossed with a Mississippi River boat.