News: DARPA's New Amphibious CAAT Tank Boldly Goes Where Ships Can't Go (On Top of the Water)

DARPA's New Amphibious CAAT Tank Boldly Goes Where Ships Can't Go (On Top of the Water)

DARPA's New Amphibious CAAT Tank Boldly Goes Where Ships Can't Go (On Top of the Water)

DARPA has been behind some pretty interesting projects in the past. From a power strip turned hacking machine, to cyborg spy beetles, to the Internet, they've just about done it all. What's the next trick up their sleeve? Driving on water.

The tank's official name is the Captive Air Amphibious Transporter (CAAT), and it's a part of DARPA's Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform program, which is intended to eventually deliver supplies to coastal areas that are otherwise hard to reach. The treads are made of air-filled pontoons, which hold up the 4-ton tank.

Image via darpa.mil

This "little" guy is actually a prototype. The long-term goal is to build one that's 5 times this size.

So, who's going to make a mini version to take to the pool?

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