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...is a land craft air cushion. Which, to you and me, is the biggest hovercraft ever
What on earth is this?
It’s a giant hovercraft and amphibious assault craft for transporting tanks and troops from ship to shore. It’s also armed, so you probably don’t want to mess with it.
The image above is not some Photoshop fantasy. It was taken in May by senior chief gas turbine system technician Micheal Macdonald, on Virginia Beach in the United States.
It looks quite serious…
It can carry 75 tonnes and access 70 per cent of the world’s coastline, at considerable speed. Which makes it an excellent way to ruin a beach picnic in north Devon.
Is it new?
It’s been around since the early Eighties, and a total of 91 have been made so far. Most of those have had a recent upgrade to extend their life by another decade or so.
Is it powerful?
It has four gas turbines – all of which contribute to lift and propulsion – making a total of 16,000 horsepowers. That’s roughly double the power of TopGear’s magnifcent Hovervan.
What’s the verdict, then?
TopGear likes hoverthings. And beach landings. And amphibious stuf. So how could we not get all lathered up over an amphi-hover-lander with guns and everything?
Coming soon to an axis of evil state near you...