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Posted 29 August 2014 - 11:40 AM

Dear forum friends,

 

We would like to start a new topic dedicated to Combat Engineering Vehicles and machines aimed to fix the terrain prior or after the battle and ease the winning.In thi s topic we would like to publish your favorite/preferred vehicle, and discuss it.

 

Today we will give a fresh start with M9 – Armored Combat Earth Mover.

 

 

M9 – Armored Combat Earth Mover

 

The M9 (ACE) Armored Combat Earthmover is a highly mobile armored tracked vehicle that provides combat engineer support to front-line forces. Fielded by the United States Army, its tasks include eliminating enemy obstacles, maintenance and repair of roads and supply routes, and construction of fighting positions.

 

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It was first fielded in 1986, and is capable of supporting forces in both offensive and defensive operations. It performs critical combat engineer tasks such as digging hull defilade fighting positions for guns, tanks and other battlefield systems to increase their survivability. The ACE breaches berms, prepares anti-tank ditches, prepares combat roads, removes roadblocks and prepares access routes at water obstacles.

 

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The engine, drive train and driver's compartment are laid out in the rear of the vehicle, while the front features an 8.7 cubic yard (6.7 m³) bowl, apron and dozer blade. Armor consists of welded aluminum with selected steel and aramid-laminated plates. An armored cupola containing eight vision blocks covers the driver's compartment. The vehicle hull is a welded and bolted aluminum structure with a two speed winch capable of 25,000 pound (110 kN) line pull. Towing pintle and airbrake connections are provided. It is equipped with a unique suspension system which allows the front of the vehicle to be raised, lowered, or tilted to permit dozing, excavating, rough grading and ditching functions. In addition, the M9 has armor protection against small arms and artillery fragmentation, a smoke screening capability and chemical-biological protection for the operator. It is capable of 30 mph (50 km/h) road speed, is transportable in C-130, C-141, and C-5 aircraft and can swim at 3 mph (5 km/h) under ideal conditions. Since the removal of swim missions as a task for the M9, the swim-related components are not required to be maintained.

 

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By raising the dozer blade and using its scraper blade, the ACE can fill itself with ballast to improve dozing efficiency. Another key feature of the M9 is its unique hydropneumatic suspension system. The principal components are eight high-pressure hydraulic rotary actuators (four on each side) which connect to the roadwheel stations. During high-speed travel, this system assures a smooth ride through the use of shock-absorbing accumulators. In earthmoving operations, the operator rotates the actuators, thus lowering the apron and blade for digging.

 

Share your thoughts on this combat supporter or just upload your favorite one. What are your impressions on M9 ACE and have you seen it in any game?


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Posted 29 August 2014 - 10:18 PM

I give you the Trojan Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers, or Trojan AVRE for short. The RE is very famous for its ingenuity of creating stuff that shouldn't work but totally does (such as Hobarts Funnies for example). The Trojan is based on the Challenger chassis and instead of the L30 120 mm main gun, it has a large hydraulic excavator arm that can move obstacle and place down the fascine that is located at the rear. It is usually mounted with a plough that, if the arm can't move it, then brute force will! I mean look at it, it is mounted on a main battle tank for crying out loud! But it is good for clearing mines which either detonate or are pushed to the side. If it can't do this because of enemy fire for example, then no need to fear, the Python Minefield Breaching System is here! It is rocket propelled and is launched about 200 metres away along with a cable, and explodes pretty much annihilate any mine in its path 230 metres long and about 8 metres wide, still enough to let main battle tanks roll through it.

 

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Alternatively it can mount this instead of that plow

 

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The other AVRE is the Terrier, less impressive, but it still pretty good. It is light enough to be transported by even the Airbus A400M. With its arm and bucket it can move obstacles and even at 30 tonnes it can still move at over 70+ kph. Dangerous environment? No problem! It can be remote controlled up to 1000 metres! It has enhanced modular armour and will have mine protection and is crewed by 2 and also includes a fascine

 

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There is a reason the RE is also known as the "earthies" (or something like that, I was told this a while ago), "God made it, we move it"


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Posted 29 August 2014 - 10:31 PM

Very nice reply to the topic. Thank you! It looks astonishing

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 11:41 AM

Afraid I don't know much about engineer vehicles themselves however I know they are crucial in war. the 2 I know about are Combat engineering vehicles.

Centurion AVRE

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That is a 165mm gun its got, its used for blowing up enemy positions from a distances and blowing up land so structures can be made.

 

M728 CEV

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Pretty much the american variant of the AVRE on a M60 Patton chassis. it use's the same gun.

 

Again my knowledge on these vehicles are limited.


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Posted 30 August 2014 - 07:54 PM

Afraid I don't know much about engineer vehicles themselves however I know they are crucial in war. the 2 I know about are Combat engineering vehicles.

Centurion AVRE

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That is a 165mm gun its got, its used for blowing up enemy positions from a distances and blowing up land so structures can be made.

Dat gun though


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Posted 04 September 2014 - 01:12 PM

Here is another addition to the Combat Engineering Vehicles called M113 - Armored Personnel Carrier

 

 

M113 armored personnel carrier



The M113 is a fully tracked armored personnel carrier that was developed by Food Machinery Corp (FMC). The vehicle was first fielded by the United States Army's mechanized infantry units in Vietnam in April 1962. The M113 was the most widely used armored vehicle of the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, earning the nickname 'Green Dragon' by the Viet Cong as it was used to break through heavy thickets in the midst of the jungle to attack and overrun enemy positions, but largely known as an APC and ACAV (armored cavalry assault vehicle) by the allied forces.

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The M113 introduced new aluminum armor that made the vehicle much lighter than earlier vehicles; it was thick enough to protect the crew and passengers against small arms fire but light enough that the vehicle was air transportable and moderately amphibious. In the U.S. Army, the M113 series have long been replaced as front-line combat vehicles by the M2 and M3 Bradley, but large numbers are still used in support roles such as armored ambulance, mortar carrier, engineer vehicle, command vehicle, etc. The Army's Heavy Brigade Combat Teams are equipped with around 6,000 M113s and 4,000 Bradleys.

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The M113's versatility spawned a wide variety of adaptations that live on worldwide, and in U.S. service. These variants together represent about half of U.S. Army armored vehicles today. To date, it is estimated that over 80,000 M113s of all types have been produced and used by over 50 countries worldwide, making it one of the most widely used armored fighting vehicles of all time. The Military Channel's "Top Ten" series named the M113 the most significant infantry vehicle in history. The U.S. Army planned to retire the M113 family of vehicles by 2018, seeking replacement with the GCV Infantry Fighting Vehicle program, but now replacement of the M113 has fallen to the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) program.

 

Do you have any other suggestions for this type of heavy armored equipment?



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 04:08 PM

I think this is the sort of M113 you are looking for.  ;)

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 05:10 PM

Here is another addition to the Combat Engineering Vehicles called M113 - Armored Personnel Carrier

 

 

M113 armored personnel carrier


The M113 is a fully tracked armored personnel carrier that was developed by Food Machinery Corp (FMC). The vehicle was first fielded by the United States Army's mechanized infantry units in Vietnam in April 1962. The M113 was the most widely used armored vehicle of the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, earning the nickname 'Green Dragon' by the Viet Cong as it was used to break through heavy thickets in the midst of the jungle to attack and overrun enemy positions, but largely known as an APC and ACAV (armored cavalry assault vehicle) by the allied forces.

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The M113 introduced new aluminum armor that made the vehicle much lighter than earlier vehicles; it was thick enough to protect the crew and passengers against small arms fire but light enough that the vehicle was air transportable and moderately amphibious. In the U.S. Army, the M113 series have long been replaced as front-line combat vehicles by the M2 and M3 Bradley, but large numbers are still used in support roles such as armored ambulance, mortar carrier, engineer vehicle, command vehicle, etc. The Army's Heavy Brigade Combat Teams are equipped with around 6,000 M113s and 4,000 Bradleys.

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The M113's versatility spawned a wide variety of adaptations that live on worldwide, and in U.S. service. These variants together represent about half of U.S. Army armored vehicles today. To date, it is estimated that over 80,000 M113s of all types have been produced and used by over 50 countries worldwide, making it one of the most widely used armored fighting vehicles of all time. The Military Channel's "Top Ten" series named the M113 the most significant infantry vehicle in history. The U.S. Army planned to retire the M113 family of vehicles by 2018, seeking replacement with the GCV Infantry Fighting Vehicle program, but now replacement of the M113 has fallen to the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) program.

 

Do you have any other suggestions for this type of heavy armored equipment?

The 113 is one of my favourite vehicles of all time, and although the Military History Channel right in the most significant, don't listen to what what it all says.

 

For example, they placed the Abrams at number 2 of the most significant tanks ever created (hint, it wasn't), the Challenger 1 should have been a bit higher as it used technology that reshaped modern modern modern tanks with its uber advanced and protective Chobham armour, which the US uses as well. The T-34 was number 1, but was prone to breakdown and should have been slightly lower, and the Sherman should have been higher. The Abrams should not have been on that list at all, despite it being an amazing tank (as the premise was the most significant tanks ever made). Number one, in my personal opinion, should have been teh Centurion (bias is not in the way, I have good reason). It reshaped modern tanks as we know it. Without the Centuron, it is unlikely something as advanced as the Abrams or Challenger 2 would be here today, maybe.

 

Wow, I really am getting way off topic.

Anyhow, the 113 is by far one of my favourite AFVs of all time, for good reason. Did you know, that there is a version with a turret with the same gun as the M2/3 Bradley? Awesome for carrying infantry, just as good for liquefying them.


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Posted 10 September 2014 - 11:48 AM

Armoured vehicle-launched bridge

 

An armoured vehicle-launched bridge (AVLB) is a combat support vehicle, sometimes regarded as a subtype of combat engineering vehicle, designed to assist militaries in rapidly deploying tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles across rivers. The AVLB is usually a tracked vehicle converted from a tank chassis to carry a folding metal bridge instead of weapons. The AVLB's job is to allow armoured or infantry units to cross craters, anti-tank ditches, blown bridges, railroad cuts, canals, rivers and ravines), when a river too deep for vehicles to wade through is reached, and no bridge is conveniently located (or sufficiently sturdy, a substantial concern when moving 60-ton tanks).

The M60 AVLB is an armored vehicle based on the M60 Patton main battle tank chassis used for the launching and retrieval of a 60 feet (18 m) scissors-type bridge. The AVLB consists of three major sections: the launcher, the vehicle hull, and the bridge.

 

 

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The bridge layer unfolds and launches its cargo, providing a ready-made bridge across the obstacle in only minutes. Once the span has been put in place, the AVLB vehicle detaches from the bridge, and moves aside to allow traffic to pass. Once all of the vehicles have crossed, it crosses the bridge itself and reattaches to the bridge on the other side. It then retracts the span ready to move off again. A similar procedure can be employed to allow crossings of small chasms or similar obstructions. AVLBs can carry bridges of 60 feet (19 metres) or greater in length. By using a tank chassis, the bridge layer is able to cover the same terrain as main battle tanks, and the provision of armour allows them to operate even in the face of enemy fire. However, this is not a universal attribute: some exceptionally sturdy 6x6 or 8x8 truck chassis have lent themselves to bridge-layer applications.



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Posted 17 September 2014 - 01:02 PM

Military ferries and amphibious crossing vehicles: M3 Amphibious Rig

 

This field-deployable apparatus, known as EFA, used by the engineers of the French Army, may either be used as a bridge (deployed in a series), or as a ferry.

 

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One of the major tasks of military engineering is crossing major rivers. Several military engineering vehicles have been developed in various nations to achieve this task. One of the more common types is the amphibious ferry such as the M3 Amphibious Rig. These vehicles are self-propelled on land, they can transform into raft type ferries when in the water, and often multiple vehicles can connect to form larger rafts or floating bridges. Other types of military ferries, such as the Soviet Plavayushij Transportyor - Srednyj, are able to load while still on land and transport other vehicles cross country and over water.

 

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In addition to amphibious crossing vehicles, military engineers may also employ several types of boats. Military assault boats are small boats propelled by oars or an outboard motor and used to ferry dismounted infantry across water.

 

Have you seen any other similar types of machinery?



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Posted 29 September 2014 - 12:19 PM

 

I give you the Trojan Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers, or Trojan AVRE for short. The RE is very famous for its ingenuity of creating stuff that shouldn't work but totally does (such as

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a reason the RE is also known as the "earthies" (or something like that, I was told this a while ago), "God made it, we move it"

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 12:37 PM

M1 Assault Breacher Vehicle

 

M1 Assault Breacher Vehicle is part of vehicles equipped with mechanical or other means for the breaching of man made obstacles. Common types of breaching vehicles include mechanical flails, mine plough vehicles, and mine roller vehicles. In some cases, these vehicles will also mount Mine-clearing line charges. Breaching vehicles may be either converted armoured fighting vehicles or purpose built vehicles. In larger militaries, converted AFV are likely to be used as assault breachers while the breached obstacle is still covered by enemy observation and fire, and then purpose built breaching vehicles will create additional lanes for following forces.

 

 

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Good examples of breaching vehicles include the USMC M1 Assault Breacher Vehicle, the UK Aardvark JSFU, and the Singaporean Trailblazer.

 

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Built on the chassis of a M1A1 Abrams Tank, the tracked ABV is equipped with a mine-clearing plow, a .50 cal machine gun and a device that fires a rocket-propelled line of C4 explosives up to 150 yards. Assault Breacher Vehicles ensure Marines can get to the battlefield without going through a minefield.



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Posted 01 October 2014 - 07:21 PM

M4 Sherman with the bulldozer blade

 

a nice touch to make it more menacing and could probably be used as armor as well

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Posted 05 December 2014 - 02:17 PM

The M2 half-track proved just as important to the Allied cause as her German counterparts


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The half-track design had been evaluated by the US Ordnance department using Citroën-Kégresse vehicles.
The Cavalry arm of the US Army found that their wheeled armored scout cars had trouble in rainy weather due to weight and high ground pressure.
In 1938, the White Motor Company took the Timken rear bogie assembly from a T9 half-track truck and added it to an M3 Scout Car, creating the T7 Half-Track Car.[2] This vehicle was woefully underpowered, and when a further requirement came down from US Army artillery units in 1939 for a prime mover (artillery tractor), a vehicle with an uprated engine was devised, then designated the Half Track Scout Car T14.
By 1940, the vehicle had been standardized as the M2 Half-Track car. The M2 design was recognised as having the potential for general mechanized infantry use and with a larger body the M3 Half Track was created. Both the M2 and M3 were ordered into production in late 1940. M2 contracts were placed with the Autocar Company, White and Diamond-T. The first vehicles were received by the army in 1941.
It was supplied to artillery units as prime mover and ammunition carrier for the 105mm howitzer, for armored infantry units to carry machine gun squads, and to armored reconnaissance units.[3] For the latter it was to be an interim solution, until more specialized vehicles could be fielded.
Between 1942 and 1943, these vehicles, just like the larger M3s, would receive a number of modifications to the drive train, engine, and stowage, among other things.

M2 - White Half-Track with White 160AX engine. Fitted with a skate rail mount, featuring an M2HB machine gun.
M2E5/M9 - International Harvester Half-Track, developed to complement the M2 for Lend-Lease, but did not feature the short hull of the M2. Also, did not feature the rear access doors, and is outwardly very similar to the M5, but with a different internal configuration.
M9A1 - As for the M2A1, an M9 with the M49 machine gun mount. The M9A1 had a rear door.
M2E6/M2A1 - Any vehicle with the improved M49 machine gun ring mount over the right hand front seat. Three fixed pintle mounts for 0.30 machine guns were often fitted at the unit level in the field.

Self-propelled guns
M4/M4A1 81mm MMC - M2 based Motor Mortar Carriage equipped with the 81 mm M1 mortar. The mortar was intended to be fired dismounted from the vehicle, but could be fired in an emergency to the rear from a base inside the vehicle. The A1 modification allowed the weapon to be fixed facing forward and fired from within the vehicle.
M2 w/ M3 37 mm - Mechanized infantry units in the US Army were supposed to receive the M6 Gun Motor Carriage, based on Dodge light trucks. With the overall failure in combat of these vehicles, some units removed the M3 37 mm gun and its assembly and mounted them on M2 Half-Track Cars.

Anti-aircraft variants

T-1E1 - M2 based mobile anti-aircraft gun featuring an open rear with a Bendix mount featuring two .50 inch (12.7 mm) M2 machine guns. The Bendix mount proved to be unsatisfactory. Prototype only.
T-1E2 - T-1 with Maxson M33 mount in the place of the Bendix mount. The M33 mount also featured two .50 inch M2 machine guns. Would be developed into the M3 based T-1E4.
T-1E3 - T-1 fitted with a partial hard top and a Martin turret, identical to that used on the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Proved to be overly complicated and was ill-suited to the space available in the M2. Prototype only.
T-28 CGMC - M2 based Combination Gun Motor Carriage with a single 37 mm Gun M1A2 autocannon flanked by two. 50 inch M2 machine guns. The side armor was removed in order to make room for the mount. The project was canceled in 1942 but then revived the same year, when a decision was made to use the longer M3 Half-Track Personnel Carrier chassis for the subsequent T-28E1.
T-10 - Variant to test the feasibility of mounting US made copies of the Hispano-Suiza HS.404 20 mm cannon on modified Maxson mounts. Developed into the T-10E1 based on the longer M3 Half Track Personnel Carrier chassis.
 



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Posted 05 December 2014 - 09:05 PM

Nice history lesson


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Posted 13 December 2014 - 02:23 PM

Nice history lesson

I`m glad you like it. I can post more if you have the time to read it :)



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Posted 08 January 2015 - 12:10 PM

VIU-55 Munja Combat Engineering Vehicle

 

The VIU-55 Munja is a combat engineering vehicle (CEV) in service with the Serbian Armed Forces. Based on the T-55 tank, the Munja has been designed by the Serbian Military Technical Institute (VTI).

Production of the VIU-55 Munja began at Overhaul Depot Cacak in 2004 and about 210 T-55 hulls were converted into the Munja configuration. The vehicle can transport engineering teams and equipment in combat conditions while negotiating natural and man-made obstacles, blockades and fortifications.

The 32t vehicle has a length of 6.2m, width of 3.27m and a height of 2.05m. It can accommodate eight occupants, including two permanent crew members - a driver and deputy commander / gunner, for the automatic grenade launcher and machine gun.

The embarked crew includes a commander and a batch of five infantrymen. The internal layout provides space for housing engineering equipment sets and associated equipment. Other standard equipment includes laser distance meter, computer and GPS system.

The Munja uses all terrain capabilities and ballistic protection of the T-55 tank. It is the first armoured vehicle of the engineering corps fitted with specialised engineering equipment and significant weaponry.

 

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The tank-grade blade fitted forward is equipped with electric motor, pump and hydraulics. The blade assembly is an independent unit which can be easily attached to the hull.
Observation capabilities of the VIU-55 combat engineering vehicle

The driver, commander and gunner are provided with cupolas. The vehicle has two entry and exit hatches for engineering section. There are rotating periscopes and two lookout ports for observation and firing of personal weapons. The roof of the vehicle features several sections to provide hatches for observation.

The Munja is armed with a 30mm automatic grenade launcher and a 7.62mm M84 machine gun. The modular vehicle design allows the outfitting of a weapons station mounting a 30mm gun, 7.62mm machine gun, anti-tank wire guided rockets and a 30mm automatic grenade launcher equipped with optoelectronic fire control system.

The hull offers ballistic protection for occupants and equipment. The vehicle is hinged with up to 25mm thick armour plates to provide ballistic protection against 12.7mm rounds and shaped charges.

There is a radiological-chemical protection unit for the crew. The unit, comprising an anti-radiation fan, is automatically activated in the event of a nuclear explosion.

The VIU-55 Munja is driven by a modular power pack MPG-780 including a diesel engine developing 780hp. The performance of the vehicle is similar to the T-55 tank. The engine provides a maximum speed of 50km/h and operational range of 545km.


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Posted 20 January 2015 - 12:57 PM

Marine Corps tests massive new amphibious assault vehicle


The Marine Corps is testing a new amphibious landing vehicle which dwarfs its current hydrofoil lander and will be able to land multiple battle tanks at once.

The US Marines currently deploy heavy equipment and personnel using the Landing Craft Air Cushion, or LCAC. Those landers have been in service since the mid-1980s, and have allowed the American armed forces to launch amphibious assaults from up to 86 nautical miles away.

 

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The next generation of amphibious lander is now being put through the motions by the Marines. Dubbed the Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connecter, or UHAC, the new lander seeks to replace the LCAC by offering almost three times the payload, topping out at 190 tons.

In addition to greater hauling capacity, the UHAC will also increase launch range to some 200 nautical miles, and will be able to carry three main battle tanks ashore, each weighing some 60 tons.

 The UHAC looks to be significantly different than the current air cushion technology (essentially an inflatable skirt that reduces friction against the water), instead opting for huge runners made up of low pressure captive air cells contained within foam casings. Thanks to those runners, the UHAC should also be able to move across difficult terrains, including marshes, mud flats, and even sea walls up to 10 feet high.

 

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The downside to the UHAC will be a reduction in speed to 20 knots – half the speed of the LCACs. The new lander is currently being tested using a smaller test variant at the Marine Corps Training Area Bellows on Oahu, Hawaii, where it is taking part in the Rim of the Pacific exercise.

Despite the slower speed, another advantage offered by the UHAC is its projected unit cost, which should be half that of the long-serving LCACs, whose purchase price ranged from $45 to $75 million.


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Posted 21 January 2015 - 03:26 PM

Almost a whole platoon of Abrams tanks in one ship,nice! ^_^


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Posted 21 January 2015 - 04:11 PM

Almost a whole platoon of Abrams tanks in one ship,nice! ^_^

Yep, can you imagine? It will be great if you have such equipment on hand.







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