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Marines, ONR Complete Field Test of New Amphibious Lander Prototype

Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious ConnecterThe U.S. Marine Corps and Office of Naval Research have completed their field testing of the Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connecter prototype during the recent Rim of the Pacific war games, ENGINEERING.com reported Friday.

Kyle Maxey reports the amphibious lander has a 200-ton payload capacity and features track technology that captures air to maintain the vehicle’s buoyancy as well as a low ground pressure footprint that enables UHAC to traverse wetlands.

The test demonstrated UHAC traveling from a ground-based station, through the ocean and onto the USS Rushmore dock landing ship, the report said.

Maxey writes that while there has been no indication of UHAC going into production, its track technology could be used for civilian or humanitarian applications.

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