The military giant of the USA tramples anything and eats more than 2,000 liters per hundred

In 1952, the US military considered the problem of transporting large quantities of equipment ashore solved. Because that’s when the four-wheeled mastod, whose stomach could fit anything from an all-terrain vehicle to a tank, came into service.

Its proper name is LARC-LX, which stands for Lighter Amphibious Resupply Vehicle. This machine is 19 meters long, 8 meters wide and almost 6 meters high. It can carry 200 people or 100 tons of cargo when fully loaded.

The US military giant 2 tramples anything and consumes more than 2,000 liters per hundred

It was powered by 265 horsepower Detroit Diesel diesel engines, one for each wheel, and two more powered the two 1.2 meter diameter propellers.

With the ship-like construction, a maximum of 100 tons can be transported, heavy machinery and bulldozers were typically brought ashore with it, but theoretically it could also fit 200 bucks, which is clearly visible in a demonstration film from the time.

The interesting thing about the vehicle is that, despite its gigantic size, it was very maneuverable, thanks to the separately steerable axles. Thus, it was able to turn even in a 23-meter circle, as well as move sideways and in a crawling gait.

The US military giant 3 tramples anything and consumes more than 2,000 liters per hundred

There were no problems with it on the water either, swimming on the waves it could cover 120 kilometers and 240 kilometers on land with one refueling. From the perspective of passenger cars, its consumption was dizzying, consuming up to 2,000-2,300 liters per hundred kilometers when carrying a load. Broken down into working hours, this meant 144 liters of diesel per hour, but it was still more economical than its gas turbine-powered hovercraft successor, the LACV-30, which pushed 984 liters per hour of kerosene.

This kerosene-absorbing hovercraft (LACV-30) marked the end of LARC: the wheelless technology was noisier, more complicated, consumed more, collected dust and water, but it was chosen by the army. The reason is perhaps that three LARC-LXs got stuck in the coastal sand during a live deployment in Vietnam, and the army could not rescue them even with cranes, bulldozers, and even helicopters. The hovercraft, on the other hand, does not sink, and this is more important from the point of view of the army than low consumption.

The technique, which was retired in 2001 and equipped with four seven-liter engines, is still in use today owned by civilians, some of whom operate one of these giants as a hobby, and some for economic purposes.


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