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THE AQUSTRADA, AN AMPHIBIOUS SPECIAL OPERATIONS CRAFT (ASOC)

THE AQUSTRADA, AN AMPHIBIOUS SPECIAL OPERATIONS CRAFT (ASOC) ~ OVERVIEW


The ASOC , The CPS , The Sea Trials , The Walk Around

Designed for river, coast and lake patrol, pilot rescue, salvage/diving and interdiction/insertion, the ASOC can quickly go where other vehicles can't, with enough cargo for sustained independent operations (line drawing).

The ASOC employs a revolutionary combination of Land/Water drive, rigid backbone frame suspension and self buoyant space-age composite body to eliminate delays imposed by traditional methods of transitioning the Riverine land/water interface.

On land, operation of the ASOC is indistinguishable from conventional utility vehicles. Accelerator, brake, steering column and accessories are all conventionally positioned. The single set of controls function identically on both land and sea, so confusion and special training requirements are eliminated.

Transition from land to water and water to land is accomplished through a single, two position switch. As the vehicle enters or exits the water, state transition is handled virtually automatically by the installed engine control and shift computers.

Four wheels automatically retract and seal into the body of the craft while a high efficiency marine jet drive is enabled for high speed, shallow water performance virtually unmatched by conventional craft.

In water borne mode the steering wheel and accelerator control the direction and thrust of the jet drive. The brake pedal activates the jet drive reverse gate while automatically revving the engine for a practical and effective sea-brake capability.

The ASOC also employs an extensive automatic lubrication system to allow for extended operation in harsh environments including salt-water.

Self-righting, provided with dual automatic bailing systems and heavy duty rub rail, the ASOC is as unsinkable as it is durable. Designed to carry a 20 person/3000 lb payload at speeds of 40+ knots, the ASOC's features include a built in winch for kedging/anchoring/salvage, an oil free air compressor for divers/tools/controls, rupture resistant fuel cells with automatic explosive vapor control system and integral hand rails and non-skid surfaces.

The ASOC weighs in below 2700 lbs and is 18 ft 6 in long and 7 ft 6 in wide. It has a 10 in ground clearance and a 30 in freeboard. Designed to be stacked for shipping, the ASOC can also be air dropped for remote operations.

A wide range of advanced power train options are available from conventional gasoline engines to supercharged marine diesels. Other options include a Computer and Positioning System (CPS) with incorporated Global Positioning System (GPS) to provide course/route and positioning information.

STANDARD FEATURES

  • Subdued ID plate.
  • Roll bar.
  • Heavy duty rub rail.
  • Reinforced transom.
  • Power assisted steering.
  • Power assisted four wheel disck brakes.
  • Grab rails built into sides of craft.
  • Heavy duty diamond plate aluminum used on steps on sides and at stern.
  • Gray anti-fouling bottom paint with graphite (resists marine groowth0.
  • One storage compartment accessed through a watertight hatch (12"x18").
  • Breathable air for the craft's pneumatics, tools, divers, is supplied byh an oilless gasketless air compressor powered by craft's engine.
STANDARD CONSOLE FEATURES
  • Speedometer/odometer (miles or kilometers).
  • Engine tachometer.
  • Air pressure gauge, and low air pressure warning light.
  • Jet direction gauge.
  • Voltmeter gauge and low voltage warning light.
  • Engine oil temperature gauge (Fahrenheit and Centigrade) and high temperature warning light.
  • Engine water temperature gauge (Fahrenheit and Centigrade) and high temperature warning light.
  • Engine hour meters gauge.
  • Engine oil pressure gauge and low pressure warning light.
  • Fuel level guage and low fuel warning light.
  • Low engine oil warning light.
  • Brake system failurte warning light.
  • Bilge pump on warning light.
  • Suspension status, land/marine, indicator.
  • Pneumatic system warning light.
  • Windscreen (total height above dick, 30 inches).
STANDARD PROPULSION AND FUEL SYSTEMS FEATURES
  • 100 gallon rupture resistant fuel cell.
  • Stainless steel impellers in the jet propulsion unit.
  • Debris and rock gate.
STANDARD SEATING FEATURES
  • Hydraulically dampened pilot and co-pilot seats, and eight other seats.
STANDARD ELECTRICAL SYSTEM FEATURES
  • 120 amp heavy duty marine alternator.
  • Two 125 amp/hour batteries, each rated for 980 cranking amps.
  • Battery transfer switch.
STANDARD AUXILIARY SYSTEM FEATURES
  • Two 3700 gal/hr bilges pumps in the aft center well with automatic manual control.
OPTIONAL FEATURES
  • Bow cleat ($171).
  • 10" deck cleats ,10" stern cleats reinforced with 1/2" alum backing plates.
  • Stainless steel bow eye and stern eye with heavy duty reinforcement.
  • Helicopter lifting eyes.
  • Aluminum gunwale upgrade.
  • Navy hull registration number in transom.
  • 60 inch cutout for diver recovery with removable insert???
  • Tow hitch and amphibious trailer.
  • Heavy duty diamond plate aluminum used on top of sides and around perimeter of bow.
  • Heavy duty cutwater shoe.
  • Stealth body stype.
  • Bullet proof body.
  • Chameleon camouflage which automatically adapts for water/desert/forest.
OPTIONAL NAVIGATION AND SAFETY FEATURES
  • Navigation light.
  • 6 1/2 inch lighted compass, well dampened for rough weather use, compensatable.
OPTIONAL CONSOLE FEATURES
  • Two speedometers/odometers (miles/knots or kilometers/knots).
  • Two engine tachometers.
  • Two air pressure gauges, and low air pressure warning lights.
  • Two jet direction gauges.
  • Two Voltmeter gauges and low voltage warning lights.
  • Two engine oil temperature gauges (Fahrenheit and Centigrade) and high temperature warning lights.
  • Two engine water temperature gauges (Fahrenheit and Centigrade) and high temperature warning lights.
  • Two engine hour meters gauges.
  • Two engine oil pressure gauges and low pressure warning lights.
  • Two Fuel level guages and low fuel warning lights.
  • Two low engine oil warning lights.
  • Two brake system failurte warning lights.
  • Two bilge pump on warning lights.
  • Two suspension status, land/marine, indicator.
  • Two pneumatic system warning light.
  • Compass.
  • Switch panels.
  • Trim gauge.
  • Electronics distribution panel.
  • Lockable door (glove and goggle box).
  • Radar enclosure.
  • Windscreen (total height above deck, 60 inches).
  • Mounting for all electronics (weather areas desired).
  • Hydraulic steering system with flat black thermosetting epoxy powder coated steering wheel.
  • Console aluminum welded, olive drab color, mounted forward to allow only enough room for operating and manning for forward gun mount.
OPTIONAL PROPULSION AND FUEL SYSTEMS FEATURES
  • 175 gallon rupture resistant fuel cell.
  • In-line duplex fuel filters.
OPTIONAL SEATING FEATURES
  • Other seating configurations available upon request.
  • Heavy duty leaning post with storage compartment and lockable doors.
OPTIONAL TOWING EQUIPMENT FEATURES
  • Trailer hitch and amphibious trailers available upon request.
OPTIONAL ELECTRICAL SYSTEM FEATURES
  • Roll bar adapted for radar mounting, removable special operation lights/ALFA, pennant "CODE" and American flag pole.
  • Battery box, cast aluminum.
OPTIONAL ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT
  • Furuno model 1730 radar.
  • Global Positioning System (GPS).
  • Fluxgate compass, in addition to standard magnetic compass.
  • Computer system to display GPS, radar, compass, maps, craft diagnostics (graphic trouble shooting program which is linked to the CAD drawings).
  • Briefing screen (available only with computer system.
  • VHF marine band radio.
  • Depth finder, speed and distance readout.
  • Spotlight, removable/handheld, swivel bracket 300,000cp.
OPTIONAL AUXILIARY SYSTEM FEATURES
  • 0.0 litre persuit motor.
  • Place diverter (electric jet trim tabs).

    DRIVE TRAIN SPECIFICATIONS

    Engine (liters) 5.0 V8 5.7 V8 7.5 V8
    Bore (mm) 101.6 101.6 110.7
    Stroke (mm) 76.2 88.9 97.8
    Compression Ratio 9.0:1 9.0:1 8.5:1
    SAE net power (horsepower) 255 343 440
    SAE net Torque (ft-lb) 360 481 585
    Maximum RPM 5500 5300 5100
    Maximum Land Speed (kph) 144 176 224
    Maximum Water Speed (kph) 72 92 102
    Fuel Consumption (Liter/hour) 35 42 49
    Fuel Economy (kilometers/liter) 9.4 8.6 7.2
    Engine Control System   Computer and Positioning System (CPS)
    Fuel Delivery System   Electronic Port Fuel Injection
    Primary Transmission   4 speed automatic with overdrive
    Secondary Transmission   Single Speed Dual Output Proprietary
    Electrical System   Fully Regulated Alternator 90 Amperes
    Final Land Drive Ratio 3.91:1 3.78:1 3.50:1

    DIMENSIONS

    Base Curb Weight (dry) 1195Kg 2630lb
    Base Curb Weight (wet) 1240Kg 2730lb
    GVW Rating 3545Kg 7800lb
    Swamp Weight 5545Kg 12200lb
    Maximum Payload 2304Kg 5070lb
    Overall Length 5640mm 222in
    Overall Width (Beam) 2360mm 93in
    Overall Height 1800mm 71in
    Wheelbase 3530mm 139in
    Front Track 204.5mm 80.5in
    Rear Track 216mm 85in
    Ground Clearance 25.4mm 10in
    Draught (minimum) 150mm 6in
    Displacement 680cu.dm 24cu.ft
    Free Board 760mm 30in

    CAPACITIES

    Engine Fuel 380 liters 100 US Gallons
    Engine Water 15.1 liters 4 US Gallons
    Engine Oil 7.5 liters 8 US Quarts
    Primary Transmission 11.3 liters 11.3 liters
    Final Drive Transmission 1 liter 1 US Quart
    Final Land Drive 1 liter 1 US Quart
    Grease 1.9 liters 2 US Quarts

    The ASOC , The CPS , The Sea Trials , The Walk Around
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    This page is maintained by RUSSELL HOLDER and does not represent any views or policies of and is not affiliated in any way with my employer.

    Previous update: 30AUG96 2345HRS
    Last update: 07SEP96 2145HRS

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