Propulsion

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Few forms of propulsion for ACV's have been left untried. Those employed so far have ranged from sails to air propellers and waterscrews to waterjets. The type of propulsion employed on any vehicle is governed by the vehicle's application and the overall performance, which needs to be achieved. Air propulsion of one type or another is a more logical choice for an amphibious vehicle, while waterjets or waterscrews are more likely to be specified for vessels designed to operate entirely over water.

 

Ground Contact Propulsion

   Wheels
   Caterpillar drive
   Pushed by hand
   Towed by tractor
   Towed by horse

 

Tracked Skimmers / Rail

   Air  propeller
   Gas-turbine jet
   Turbofan
   Lincar induction motor

 

Water Propulsion

   Water Propeller
   Waterjet
   Paddlewheel
   Towed by helicopter

 

Air Propulsion

   Air propellers
   Shrouded air propellers
   Airjet
   Turbofan
   Gas-turbine jet
   Sails
   Towed by  helicopter

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