• Short Summary

    A new Navy patrol, intercept and search vehicle has been deployed to Vietnamese waters.

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  • Description

    View of three vehicles

    Vehicle moving over land

    Vehicle entering water

    Various views of three vehicles maneuvering over water

    Vehicles returning to land, moving over land, ending test runs


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    Background: A new Navy patrol, intercept and search vehicle has been deployed to Vietnamese waters.

    The newly developed air cushion vehicle is designed to perform a wide variety of tasks including search of Vietnamese junks, river assault group operations, search and rescue and freight transport. Its crew will consist of one officer and three enlisted men.

    The 39-foot long craft skims over the surface on a cushion of air created by a horizontally-mounted fan which forces air downward and beneath the vehicle. Forward propulsion is achieved by a conventional airplane propeller. Both the fan and the propeller are powered by a 1,000 horsepower engine mounted stop the vehicle.

    The craft, designated SK-5, has a speed in excess of 50 miles per hour, and a range of 250 miles. Carrying a full load of 15 passengers or three tons of cargo, the SK-5 can cross ditches up to 12 feet wide and 8 feet deep at 25 miles per hour.

    Bell Aerosystems Company is producing the SK-5 in association with Westland's Saunders-Roe Division of England. Three SK-5a have been purchased by the Navy. All were built by Bell Aerosystems in the United States.

    This film shows three of the vehicles undergoing tests off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia.

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