The Potential of the Air Cushion Vehicle for Off-Road Mobility 690148
Some of the conditions encountered in off-road mobility are examined and the inherent abilities of the air cushion vehicle (ACV) to enhance mobility in these conditions are outlined. A marked degree of improvement in operating efficiency has been attained through the development of seals, control power, propulsion, and overall refinement. Specific configurations for both civilian and military tasks have been built and operated effectively. Analysis of an amphibious landing operation produces a ready assessment of the applicability of the vehicle to Southeast Asia beach areas and analysis of several typical missions conducted in South Vietnam shows a high degree of applicability in a widely varied terrain.