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DARPA Captive Air Amphibious Transporter

CAAT driving on water

Type Amphibious vehicle
Place of origin  United States
Service history
Used by DARPA (R&D vehicle)
Length m
Width m
Crew 1 driver

Speed km/h (roads)
km/h (water)
External video
Official Youtube video

A Captive Air Amphibious Transporter (CAAT) is a 1:5 scale[1] tracked amphibious vehicle prototype being developed by DARPA. It drives on the water with air-filled pontoons attached to the tracks, and is intended to demonstrate how to transport standard 20- or 40-foot containers[2] from ordinary container ships to shore without using a harbor. DARPA is investigating its usefulness in disasters so that commercial shipping can relieve military ships to focus on military tasks. The CAAT is one of four elements in the Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform (TEMP) program; the others being a containerized living quarter, a stabilized crane, and an unmanned powered parachute delivering containers by air.[3][4]


  1. Faleiro, Shawn. "DARPA Captive Air Amphibious Transporters" GadgetGain, 11 August 2012. Retrieved: 3 September 2012.
  2. Alvarez, Edgar. "DARPA's Captive Air Amphibious Transporter can drive on water, help during disaster relief" Engadget, 11 August 2012. Retrieved: 3 September 2012.
  3. "DARPA develops technologies for aiding disaster relief" DARPA, 26 June 2012. Retrieved: 3 September 2012.
  4. Littlefield, Scott. "Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform (TEMP)" DARPA. Retrieved: 3 September 2012.


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