Check Out the U.S. Marine Corps’ New Amphibious Tank

by Owen James Burke

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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.

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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.

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