The Tactical Transporter (Right) has some unique
features, not all shown on this conceptual layout. This design
was intended to transport containerized cargo from near Kuwait
to Baghdad along the Euphrates River. (Figure-6). Other rivers
of interest included remote locations of the Amazon, Yangtzee,
and Tigris or any river which offers greater protection than
road travel due to enemy insurgent activities. (Watch the video)
Powered by Thrustmaster's patented Portable
Dynamic Positioning System, hydraulic thrusters connected to
a GPS control system of the customers choice, the system can
be daisy chained to act as an independant but linked automated
river transport system. Damaged units can be detached and set
aside and the entire chain reconnected electronically to continue
Thrusters are protected by the surrounding
hull of the barge. Water ballast tanks around the perimeter of
the barge further serve to protect personnel and sensitive internal
systems by absorbing the shock or penetration of small arms fire.
These ballast tanks also allow the barge hull to be "sunk"
to lower the air draft for bridges, and then to be lightened
for shallow areas and faster speed.
Select Figure-4 for a PDF overview.
- Size - The vessel size was determined
by several different concerns.
- Gantry Crane (Figure-3)
- Bulwarks - Welded Sheetpile (European
- Air and water drafts - (Explains massive
- Armament - 4ea .50 Cal.
One thing of concern was for the enemy
to disable a barge by hitting the thruster. This would be possible
as shown with a configuration in Figure-5 which has become a
standard arrangement for these thrusters. By surrounding the
thruster head with the barges head log the thruster could be
better protected. The grating cover would be able to handle any
physical load the barge deck is designed for.
Other photo's of the Euphrates as taken
by military personnel and satellite recon shows potential ambush
points and a series of locks that would need to be negotiated
(Figures-14 and 15).
Beginning in 2007 the author/3D conceptual
artist began working directly for Thrustmaster. New information
has recently been discovered that can be of greater benefit regarding
this system. That informaiton is not contained herein.