Marines: SEALs Seek Amphibious Sports Car

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July 13, 2007: The U.S. Navy Special Operations people (SEALs and all that) are looking at obtaining a military version of the amphibious Aquada sports car. Amphibious vehicles are nothing new. In World War II, there were thousands of amphibious trucks (DUKW) and smaller, jeep size ones as well. What makes Aquada different is that it takes advantage of mechanical, materials and electronic advances in the last sixty years to create a 1.5 ton vehicle that can carry about 600 pounds. Aquada can hit 160 kilometers an hour on roads, and over 40 kilometers an hour on the water. The civilian version cost $300,000, and a military version would probably cost closer to half a million bucks. Military uses are obvious, as SEALs could come ashore in one of these, drive around to take care of business, and then get away by land or sea. Kind of expensive if you have to leave it behind, but the SEALs usually perform high-risk, high-payoff operations. You get what you pay for. The civilian version of Aquada, which was developed by an European firm, won't show up in the United States for two years.

 


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