Wheels that can swim
Publication date: 2017-04-18
In our tireless quest for finding everything with "intermodality" in it, we came across a unit which is - contrary to other amphibious vehicles - more a vessel than a car.
It is so because of its tight and ship-shaped hull with two typical fore and aft islands (do not mistake a hull with a car body!). Though it looks a little bit like a frog…
Altogether 950 pieces of LARc-V ("l" like "lighter") have been manufactured in the US since 1963 for naval forces and marines as a ship-to-shore "deck cargo vessel." About 100 units are still in service, even in the hands of civilians.
The presented vehicle belongs to the Australian Antarctic Division and is used for supplying the year-round research station on Macquarie island and for summer landings on other Australian islands in Antarctica.