New weapons of war tested at RIMPAC exercisesUPDATED 6:04 PM HST Jul 13, 2014Video Transcript
for military personnel from dozens of nations to train together, it is also a time to test new weapons of war. KITV's Paul Drewes takes a look at what future fighting tools may look like. 34 During this year's RIMPAC exercises, it is out with the old as ships are sunk in our waters, and in with the new -- as U-S Marines put three different technologies to the test. We've already seen the Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector or UHAC here in Hawaii, but during RIMPAC it rolled ashore at Bellows beach in a real war environment. The UHAC travels at four knots using a track system with floatation-like pads to propel it through on the water and on different terrain. 2:10-2:30 "The UHAC is one of those experimental technologies that a concept to take our forces in the future and insert them in areas where we wouldn't be able to insert them today bases on our current systems" This prototype is half the size of a proposed ship-to-shore vehicle... Speaking of vehicle, the GUSS or ground unmanned support system can not only be operated remotely...it can find its own way with very little assistance. 5:20-5:30 "it can be sent waypoints and the vehicle the traverse terrain on its own avoiding obstacles and getting to the point where you send it to" For those areas even harder for vehicles to reach, the LS3 -- which looks like a robotic cow can carry hundreds of pounds of supply equipment - freeing up marines to advance further in steep terrain. 4:08 the Ls3 lets them get in to terrain they normally wouldn't be able to traverse if they were followed with traditional re-supply vehicles a humvee or other wheeled vehicles In addition to RIMPAC building relationships between countries, it also gives the warfighting lab a chance to get feedback on what really works from the men and women who could be using this technology in the future. 9:40 "we're going to push those technologies and learn the limitations of those technologies and look to the future to determine what kind of capabilities our marines will need" Paul Drewes KITV 4 news.