The 4 seater Hov Pod hovercraft has the Weber 120HP Turbo charged engine, and is capable of lifting 718 pounds (on-water) and 1077 pounds (on land). Hovercraft can be used for military patrol, rescues from flood, mud and quickly reach victims who have fallen through ice. Hovercrafts can go where no other vehicle can go, over land, water, mud, sand, ice, tarmac, concrete, - any flat surface.
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Patrol Hovercraft Applications
Complete operational flexibility. The Hov Pod range of hovercraft craft have no submerged propeller that could get damaged ending operations.
Hov Pod is just about the only vehicle suitable for many areas inaccessible to conventional vehicles and can operate over flooded land, mud, riverbeds, shallow water/tidal regions, rapids, shingle beaches, open water, grass, sand, desert, swamps, marshland, weeds, submerged plants, snow, ice, roads, shallow lakes and dried up salt marshes, sandbanks, roads, indeed any flat surface at speeds up to 40 mph.
For military, patrol, rescue and commercial users one Hov Pod is cheaper to purchase than the daily operating, staffing and service costs of a helicopter or several types of other conventional vehicles required to give the same all terrain capability.
As borders stretch for many miles over a wide range of surface types and obstructions, several low cost Hov Pod hovercraft allow budgets to be spread over a wider area enabling more craft to be deployed to cover rivers, inland and coastal border areas and provide far better coverage and rapid response than helicopters, conventional vehicles or larger far more expensive, less portable and complex hovercraft.
Its all terrain capability mean the Hov Pod Hovercraft can act immediately taking a direct line for fast response without concern to water depth or other surface limitations in its path. During flooding emergencies when the military are called upon to help with civil relief, the Hov Pod is not hindered by normally above water objects such as wire fences, walls furniture etc that prevents boat operations. It is also an ideal vehicle for humanitarian rescue or relief distribution during flooding and a craft used for patrol or commercial uses can quickly be adapted and moved to assist governments and aid agencies.
Fully amphibious: Complete operational flexibility. The Hov Pod hovercraft range of craft have no submerged propeller that could get damaged ending operations. The Hov Pod hovercraft can operate in shallow water and over mud, swamps, grass, riverbeds, open water, tidal regions, rapids, marshland, desert, sandbanks, shingle, weed, sand, ice, snow, roads, shallow lakes, dried up salt marshes, indeed any flat surface at speeds up to 40 mph. Its all terrain capability mean the Hov Pod hovercraft can act immediately taking a direct line for fast interception without concern to water depth or other surface limitations in its path.
Role versatility: Excellent for reconnaissance, policing, border patrol, GPS surveillance and special forces retrieval. It is also an ideal surface craft to undertake multi surface interception acting on downstream communications from airborne surveillance. Also an ideal vehicle for humanitarian rescue or relief distribution during flooding.
Suitability: Can operate in fog and monsoon conditions. Faster than a helicopter winch that can only winch one casualty at a time. Can operate around power lines and trees with no downdraft to disrupt surface operations. Aid can be delivered accurately and safely rather than by throwing from moving craft.
Stability: The air cushion provides a far more stable weapons and observation platform than conventional boats or ground vehicles, especially whilst manoeuvring.
Low surface disturbance: No visible wave or wake makes the Hov Pod hovercraft very hard to locate especially in calm or night conditions. Operating above the surface the Hov Pod hovercraft range produce very little acoustic, pressure or magnetic signals and are less prone to activating mines when operating both on land or water.
Compact plastic construction: Larger hovercraft and boats are easier to detect. The Hov Pod hovercraft can wait up hidden on shore or on small islands hidden by clutter where least expected. The compact plastic construction produces a very low radar cross section. The Hov Pod hovercraft can be dropped by parachute for rapid deployment.
Low purchase and operational cost: Hov Pod hovercraft are very affordable craft to purchase operate and maintain. One Hov Pod hovercraft is cheaper to purchase than the daily operating, staffing and service costs of a helicopter. Skilled pilots are not required and as borders stretch for many miles over a wide range of surface types and obstructions, several low cost Hov Pod hovercraft allow military budgets to be spread over a wider area. This enables more craft to be deployed to patrol inland and coastal border areas and provide far better coverage and rapid response than helicopters, conventional vehicles or larger far more expensive, less portable and complex hovercraft.
Reliable, safe and easy to maintain: CAD/CNC technology and high grade components ensure superb engineering tolerances for minimum maintenance. Simple design and easy access to all components mean that servicing does not require specialists and downtime is minimised. Extensive safety features give operators worry free operation.
Easy to deploy: Easy to tow behind or carry on traditional vehicles and can be supplied with 45 second quick launch trailer. This means the craft can be quickly and safely deployed anywhere, and launch and return to shore without special ramps or the need for operators to disembark into water. This means defence personnel are not left exposed to observation or attack whilst wading slowly through surf or soft ground with wet heavy clothing.
Simple design and controls: A low centre of gravity combined with a simple single engine design and with all unnecessary elevators, trim levers etc removed ensures great manoeuvrability and very simple operation. Simplicity of design means that with minimal operator training all operators can grasp the basics of operation after only one hours training. This enables multi operator use where the operator can concentrate solely on the task in hand without the need for specialist pilots.
HDPE construction: HDPE composite construction is extremely strong, lightweight and remains buoyant even if damaged. HDPE has excellent properties to withstand damage to enable use in harsh all terrain environments and it can be easily modified and configured to accept customer specified mounts and other specialist equipment.
Carbon Fibre / Kevlar Composite construction: This material is exceptionally strong, rigid and very lightweight thus providing excellent operational characteristics yet at a more affordable price than helicopters or traditionally heavier military hovercraft.
Value for money: Compare value by dividing the cost of a heavier military hovercraft by its on-water payload to calculate cost per Kg or pound of payload. Deduct specialist pilots weight from payload availability to note actual available payload for operatives and equipment. We can supply an excel sheet upon request to illustrate value in terms of weight.