Marine Boat-Tank!

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[US Marines testing Ultra Heavy Lift Amphibious Connector UHAC at RIMPAC 2014] (Viewer #263,631)

This is just the half-scale model.

The full scale version will be designed to carry a payload of 200 tons at a cruising speed of 23 mph (37 kmh). This means that it is set to boost the payload capacity of the current LCAC vehicles by three times. When on the shore and in tank-mode, it will be able to drive over 3 m (10 ft) high obstacles.

“The full-scale model should be able to carry at least three tanks and a HMMVW (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle),” Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Perera, the Warfighting Lab’s Infantry Weapons Project officer, said in a statement.

Although the current UHAC prototype is not armoured or armed, the plan is to cover it with armour plating and load it with .50 caliber machine guns for protection.

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