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Meet the “caterpillar car”, sent by the Navy to operate in RS

The Amphibious Caterpillar Cars (CLAnf) are already operating in Rio Grande do Sul, which the Navy sent for support due to the floods in the state. According to the Navy Command, the amphibious capabilities and versatility of the caterpillar car will be fundamental in helping to rescue people and deliver supplies to affected areas.

The cars can negotiate breakers up to three meters high and reach speeds of up to 13 km/h in water and 72 km/h on land. With an autonomy of 7 hours sailing and 321 km on land, they have special systems for stability and displacement, making them highly versatile in different environments.

The vehicles are capable of operating both on land and in water.

The CLAnf are used to increase mobility, provide armored protection and expand the offensive capacity of embarked troops, through the use of the vehicles' organic armaments, it has a sufficient amount of radio equipment to operate a Combat Operations Center (COC).

The vehicle is equipped with a 17-ton winch, a 2.9-ton crane, an air compressor, an alternating current generator, welding equipment and several special tools.

In 1986, the Brazilian Navy acquired 12 Assault Amphibian Vehicles (AAV7A1), which landed at the Praça Mauá Pier and, when incorporated into the Marine Corps collection, were renamed Amphibian Caterpillar Cars (CLAnf). Of the total number of 1st generation vehicles, 10 CLAnf were for Personnel Transport, 01 CLAnf Command and 01 CLAnf Relief.

In total, the Brazilian Navy currently has 49 caterpillar cars for these situations.

Source: CNN Brasil

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