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Sunday, December 4, 2016

The most expensive warships ever made

United States had completed construction of one carrier which claimed the most expensive of similar vessels ever built. The warships named USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) was made with spent about $12.9 billion, or around Rp. 169.6 trillion.

US Navy officials said the new aircraft carrier will join the Navy fleet in September this year, after which has preceded by a feasibility test in July.
The most expensive aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R Ford, officially operate alongside the US Navy in September 2016. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1gNMBk)
Sean J Stackley, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Acquisition said, the aircraft carrier was built seven years ago or more precisely in 2009. The process is almost completed due until March.

Stackley explained, the USS Gerald R. Ford's "super aircraft carrier" has a weighs of 100,000 tons with a length of approximately 1,100 feet or 335.28 meters. In the explanation in front of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, Stackley said, after a trial in July, the most expensive aircraft carrier will be sent to the Navy shipyards for the next two months later formally operational.

The ship's name was taken from the figure of 38th US president's name, who passed away in 2006. He was ever served on the USS Monterey aircraft carrier during World War II as a Navy officer with the rank of major.
US Navy’s costliest-ever carrier USS Gerald Ford. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1gNNl5)
Stackley said the next subsequent Ford class aircraft carrier named the USS John F Kennedy (CVN 79) scheduled will be launched in 2020. Currently, 18 percent of new construction, and is expected to be completed in March 2017.

The third aircraft carrier named USS Enterprise CVN 80) is similar to Ford, which will begin to construct in 2018. The ship construction occurred after Stackley filed AL budget increase for the next five years.

United States wants to build 38 warships during the period at a cost of more than US. $81.3 billion. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | RT]
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Friday, February 19, 2016

Indonesian X18 Tank Boat Concept

The X18 Tank Boat Concept is an original Indonesian marine tanks is successfully developed by PT. Lundin Industry Invest, which is a Banyuwangi-based military boat factory. The concept of this marine tanks in a claim to being one of the first in the world because there is no other country which makes it even though America.

After creating the stealth warship, the KCR Trimaran KRI Klewang, the company re-initiated the idea of ​​building a boat or ship with a combination of heavy tanks. The ship is named X18 Tank Boat or similar to the concept of marine tanks. This combination is claimed to be first created and are not in the world arms market.
The X18 Tank Boat Concept by PT. Lundin Industry Invest. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1X9RpZ)
President Director of PT. Lundin Industry Invest, John Lundin, on the sidelines of the Armored Vehicle Asia (AVA) Conference 2015, in Hotel Crowne, Jakarta, saying that "We see this marine tanks can be used for operations in sea and river. The heavy tanks have obstacles to operating in deepening and the islands. Then we develop a combination of boat and tanks to support amphibious landings but equipped with heavy weapons."

Here are several detailed picture of the X18 Tank Boat Concept. (All picture taken from: http://adf.ly/1X9RpZ)


For raw materials, the X18 Tank Boat will use composite materials. Material is considered 10 times stronger than steel but 10 times lighter than steel. John assure fireproof composite material for Tank Boat. He made sure not repeated a similar tragedy that befell to KRI Klewang for wearing a similar material.

"The issue has been resolved. The composite material had problems about resistance to fire. This is a problem in the world. Now composite materials technology have been used in trains and aircraft. The latest technology of composite materials 100% fireproof," he explained further.
X-18 Tank Boat for riverine operations. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1ao8H2)
Furthermore John explained, the combination of heavy tanks and boat was ever built by the Russians during World War 2 and the Vietnam War by the United States. Although developed, the product has not succeeded in boat tanks to be produced due to technological constraints. Now, the composite material was helping to resolve the problem of the burden.
A scale model of X18 Tank Boat Concept by PT. Lundin Industry Invest. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1X9RZH)
"Today, the turret of aluminum. Want to shoot from the sea, it takes a high stability. But in the past it can not. This is lightweight products because the use of composite, that might be difficult to be manufactured 5-15 year ago," he explained.

The company plans to making the collaboration with PT. Pindad (Persero) to develop this marine tank. As for the manufacture of the turrets with 105 MM caliber, the company took the CMI Defence, while the Swedish Bofors will be towed to the development of weapons systems.
John admitted the Indonesian military (TNI) responded positively to this marine tanks concept. "They are very impressive. Only 5-10 years ago this product does not exist so do not enter their plans so we work hard to develop," he explained.

When operating, the X18 Tank Boat is capable of carrying four crew and 20 personnel. On the water, the boat made in Banyuwangi is capable of traveling at a maximum speed of 40 knots. The ship has a length of 18 meters with a width of 6.6 meters.

With the X18 Tank Boat, will obviously add to the strength of the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) as well as making the Indonesian military forces are taken into account in the world. In addition it can also be a new breakthrough in expanding markets the Indonesian main weaponry system. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | JAKARTAGREATER]
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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Boat with racing car technology

A big leap in the development of the automotive industry have been carried out by Mercedes-Benz to create a vehicle which is to overcome a variety of terrains such as on the land and sea.

Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing have been collaborating for six years, and is currently developing a boat that was inspired by the Defy Gravity. Using the engine technology that is inspired by racing cars belonging to Mercedes-AMG.
Cigarette Racing 41' SD GT3 and Mercedes-AMG GT3. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1LkgzvU)
The plan's the vehicles concept will be displayed in the Miami International Boat Show event, which took place on February 11 to 15, 2016 as well as providing new nuances in the automotive and boat lovers that with the collaboration of technological development, so various models of unique vehicles can be built.

As reported by Autoguide, the Cigarette Racing 41' SD GT3 will join the Mercedes-AMG GT3 racing team, to display a high performance boat. Cigarette Racing has revealed the complete figure of this boat on February 11, 2016 by online on its official website, to show them who could not attend the event in Miami.
2015 Cigarette Racing GT S and Mercedes-AMG GT S. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1V53a0k)
Last year, the two companies have also collaborated on another boat concept named Cigarette Racing GT S and Mercedes-AMG GT S is priced at $1.2 million (approximately Rp.16 billion). The vehicles get the title as AMG Solarbeam with a blend of yellow and black matte paint color.
The boat of the same color is supported by the power up to 1,550 hp which coming from a V8 twin Mercury Racing engine, and made the Cigarette GT S concept have a top speed of 216 kph (135 mph). *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CIGARETTES RACING | AUTOGUIDE]
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Friday, September 4, 2015

Chilli Island, an electric-powered private island

The most expensive tropical island is currently listed at Sotheby's International Realty is a sandy island in French Polynesia called Motu Matatahi. Lies about an hour by boat from the Bora Bora airport, and valued US $270,000.

Want cheaper, here it is Chilli Island, a motorized floating seat enough for two people costs only US $14,800. And unlike Motu Matatahi, Chilli Island have a drink and there is stereo.
Chilli Island, a motorized floating seat enough for two people. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1fGWpm1)
As reported by BBC Auto, the vehicle was originally designed as water toys for the beach resort, Chilli Island produced in Austria, offers a pair of padded seats a permanent state of recline.
Chilli Island produced in Austria, offers a pair of padded seats a permanent state of recline. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1fGWpm1)
The structure, about 8 feet long, made of a combination of polyethylene and fiberglass weighs about 440 lbs. Buyers can choose one of the two electric motors Torqeedo: 1kw open version or 0.5 kw children's pool, both of which offer operating time of about 6 hours for a single battery charge.
To control is quite simple: A lever to change the direction and switch buttons to speed. A small the liquid crystal screen will displays the battery indicator, speed, and position of the motor. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BBC AUTO]
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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Future Seabed Explorers

Experts had just made the first underwater robot named U-CAT. This turtle-shaped robot has excellent movement. U-CAT Robot exhibited at Robot Safari in the London Science Museum, was designed such that it can go in and writhed in the shipwrecks.
The robot was designed with fins instead of propellers so it can still be driven in all directions without disturbing water and beating up silt from the bottom, which would decrease visibility inside the shipwreck. (Picture from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/)
The movement principle of U-CAT robot is similar to sea turtles. It could automatically control of four fin, making this robot in a dynamic maneuver. U-CAT can swim back and forth, up and down, and turn in all directions. Maneuver is the feature needed when checking narrow spaces such as in shipwrecks. In the water, U-CAT robot was bring onboard camera can record a video so it can be used to reconstruct underwater sites.
Here, the U-Cat robotic turtle explores a simulation of a wreck in a demonstration. It has a camera onboard and can record what it sees so video footage can later be used to reconstruct a site underwater. (Picture from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/)
"U-CAT is specifically designed for users who want to identify the bottom of the sea. The U-CAT fins could drive the robot in any direction without stirring up mud from the bottom of the water that will decrease visibility," said Taavi Salumäe, a designer of U-CAT robot concept and researchers from the Center for Biorobotic in Tallinn University of Technology. Underwater robots now widely used by the oil and gas industry as well as to maintain the sea defenses.
Tallinn University of Technology, Centre for Biorobotics, Estonia, has created 'ARROWS' - an archaeology robot designed to dive to dangerous depths. The robotic turtle can operate independently, inspecting wrecks for hours before resurfacing, and has not been shown in the UK before. (Picture from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/)
For the purposes of identification of the shipwrecks, the robot is still too big and expensive. Today, the shipwrecks was explored by divers. However, this dive was consuming time and cost not a bit. The diving procedures are also considered dangerous for divers. U-CAT was designed with the aim of offering an affordable alternative to human divers.
U-CAT, pictured here out of water, has been designed to be smaller and cheaper than underwater exploration vehicles used in the gas, oil and defense industries. (Picture from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/)
U-CAT robot is part of the ARROWS European Union research project funding, which is developing technology to help underwater archaeologist. Technology of ARROWS project will be tested in the Mediterranean Sea and the Baltic Sea, the two European historic regions in the different environment.
"In the ARROWS project, U-CAT will work closely with the bigger underwater robot project and jointly developing image recognition technology for the discovery, identification and reconstruction of underwater sites," said Dr. Sebastiano Tusa, an underwater archaeologist of the Local Government Sicily.

At the London Science Museum, the team showing the U-CAT robot and an interactive model of U-CAT movement that operates in an aquarium.. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DAILYMAIL]
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Friday, March 1, 2013

Titanic II will be built in China

Still remember the ambitions of Australia billionaire, Clive Palmer, who wants to build a replica of the legendary luxury liner, Titanic? It turns out he was serious, he unveiled the blueprints of the massive ship at a press conference at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Tuesday (February 26, 2013) and will begin construction in China and is ready to set sail early in 2016 by the same route, from Southampton, England, to New York City, USA and will have a crew of 900 people looking after its 2,435 passengers.
Computer generated image of the Titanic II. (Picture from: http://metro.co.uk/)
With four funnels and three classes of passenger travel, Titanic II will have some luxuries that were not available on Titanic I--a state-of-the-art hospital, a helicopter pad, and Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. Palmer convinced the ship was not going to repeat the failure of the original Titanic because it would successfully navigate the ocean. Palmer said: "The cabin passengers will have the exact same design, but there will be modern things like air-conditioning and other features are still under consideration, for example the internet in the ship,"
Titanic II’s Grand Staircase will look just like the old one if this computer image is anything to go by. (Picture from: http://metro.co.uk/)
Various 1920s-style clothing is also available and the boat (small boat) in an amount sufficient for all passengers. For fans of the James Cameron filmed "Titanic," the vessel will be designed so as to make passengers feel like playing in the film, but without having the end of the movie of course.
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer speaks during a news conference about his intention to build the Titanic II. (Picture from: http://metro.co.uk/)
Palmer will try not to boast in the project. "I'm not too superstitious... Anything will sink if you put a hole in it. I think it would be very cavalier to say it," he said during a press conference.

"This ship has so far had 40,000 people on our website for tickets, we’ve had 16 people that have offered to pay more than $750,000 to $1 million per cabin," said Clive Palmer who is the chairman of shipping company Blue Star Line.

Port side of the original Titanic.
(Picture from: http://www.titanicuniverse.com/)
Original Titanic ship sank due to hit the iceberg on 15 April 1912, killing 1,523 passengers and crews (jump to related article). The passengers can feel calm because the Finnish ship construction company that helped build the ship in China said the ship would be safest cruises in the world.

News of the Titanic II plan soon attracting attention on Twitter social media sites and make it a trending topic as follow,

Martin@MartinComedyy wrote, "Titanic II...is there going to be an Iceberg II?"

Andy Lassner‏@andylassner added, "Just heard about the billionaire who's building Titanic II that'll be ready in 2016. I'll be rushing to get my Hindenburg II done by 2015."
A handout photograph provided by Blue Star Line shows a computer generated image of the Titanic II's Gymnasium. (Picture from: http://metro.co.uk/)
Jared‏@ghero46 wrote, "I've got this weird, sinking feeling about the Titanic II being built."
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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Another 6 Amphibious Vehicles

Floods that hit major cities as happened recently in Jakarta, causing peoples difficulty to performing their daily activities. Moreover, water not only the streets flooded, but turned into sea and makes ​​vehicles difficult to get through. Certainly both motorcycles, and cars through the streets of watery plain difficult because the engine is broke down.

The vehicle designers have long dreamed of motorized transportation that can go safely on two different nature. The result is now a growing number of companies are already producing cars and motorcycles that run on land and water. Here's a relatively popular amphibious vehicles are:

1. SPIRA4U
Spira4u car is a car which is very light (only 137 kg) because most of the body (about 90 percent) is made of reinforced foam and the rest is made and fiberglass, poly carbonates and aluminum.

The vehicle is built by Thailand's Aluminum and Glass Technology Co. Ltd, and led by engineer and entrepreneur Lon Ballard.
Spira4u, the reinforced foam car from Thailand. (Picture from: http://trendsupdates.com/)
By using the foam material could even make Spira4u floating on the water, so it is just right for those of you who live in flood prone areas. Spira4u engine uses Yamaha Mio 100cc engine that can be driven up to 113 km/h and there is a 2-seater in it. However there is no information about the price of this vehicle.

2. THE PYTHON
This type of amphibious vehicle has a stylish design upscale sports car or automotive enthusiasts commonly referred to as "hot rod". The Python has the ability sped over the water at speeds of over 100 km/h. Powered by GM-sourced V8 from the Corvette ZR1, the Python can reach from 0-100 kph in just 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 160 kph on land. Featuring a Dominator Jet Drive propulsion unit, the WaterCar can reach a maximum speed of 97 kph on water as well.
The Python water car. (Picture from: http://www.designbuzz.com/)
This Python using materials specially designed to float on the surface of the water like a boat. The car was created by Dave March an auto builder in Fountain Valley California. The materials used are specialized materials that are corrosion resistant automotive engine technology combined denngan high performance. Claimed to be the fastest amphibious car in the world, the Python weights 1,725 kg and comes custom-built to meet your preferences with 60,000 exterior and 4,000 interior color options.

3. QUADSKI
Unlike the previous two models of vehicles, this amphibious vehicle, Quadski has ATV character. The Vehicle designer is a New Zealand businessman Alan Gibbs.

The Quadski's power comes from a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder BMW engine that pumps out 175 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. Output is limited to 80 hp on land, while a six-speed automatic gearbox powers it through the twisties and inclines. This four-wheeled motorcycle can go up to speeds of 70 km/h both on land and water. To change the mode of driving from land to water and vice versa, it only takes five seconds.
Quadski ATV converts into waverunner. (Picture from: http://www.wired.com/)
The Quadski was go on sale in November 2012 in Florida, USA. The price of U.S. $40,000 (or approx Rp. 384 million), but the worldwide sold will be done in 2014. The company aims to sell as many as 1,000 units of amphibious motorcycle in the first year of marketing. (See Gibbs amphibious trucks here.)

4. TERRA WIND
In September 2004, commercial pilot John Giljam built an amphibious motor home that cost U.S. $1.2 million (or approx Rp. 11,5 billion) and was 42 feet long. Powered by a rear-mounted 330-hp diesel engine, the all-aluminum bodied home on wheels uses two propellers and two rudders when it's floating.
Terra Wind Amphibious RV. (Picture from: http://uncrate.com/)
It has two inflatable pontoons on its sides for stability but can travel on water without them. Giljam now builds other amphibious machines through a company called Cool Amphibious Manufacturers International, which also builds DUKW-type vehicles for tour companies.

5. SEAROADER
Englishman Mike Ryan designed and built his first Land Rover-based SeaRoader amphibian in 30 days back in the 1980s.

He's built amphibious motorcycles, a Lamborghini-bodied amphibian, and his shop engineered the three floating cars featured on Top Gear in 2006.
SeaRoader amphibian-Lamborghini. (Picture from: http://www.automotto.com/)
SeaRoader amphibian-Land Rover. (Picture from: http://www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk/)
The SeaRoader is Ryan's first production amphibian, made with steel body panels. It sells for U.S. $42,000 (or approx Rp. 403 million). The on-road propulsion comes from the Land Rover's original 1.7-liter turbodiesel engine. In the water, a separate marine engine and output jet in the back can push the SeaRoader to 6 mph.

6. DOBBERTIN SURFACE ORBITER
Using a double-wall stainless-steel milk tank from the back of a truck, Rick Dobbertin from Cazenovia, N.Y., built an amphibious truck that he drove from Florida to South America via the Gulf of Mexico, and back to the U.S. on land in 1995.
Dobbertin Surface Orbiter. (Picture from: http://www.dobbertinhydrocar.com/)
It took him four and a half years to build the craft, which is 32 feet long, 7.5 feet wide, 10 feet high, and weighs 9 tons fully loaded. Its GM diesel V-8 makes 250 hp and powers all six wheels. The "surface orbiter" has traveled 33,000 miles (53,108 km) on land, 3,000 miles (4,228 km) in the sea, and was sold in a 1999 divorce auction for U.S. $200,000 (or approx Rp. 1.9 billion). (See another Amphibious.) *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SPIRA4U | WATERCAR | CAMI  | SEAROADER | POPULAR MECHANICS | OVI | PIKIRAN RAKYAT 25012013]
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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Rows of 6 Amphibious Cars

Many ways are done by humans to anticipate terrain will they pass with the vehicle. Then man created a vehicle that has the ability to be driving on land or waters called amphibious vehicle.

The specialty of the car with the performance amphibious course is cruising ability and can take part in land and waters. Following the sixth amphibious cars are.

1. Mini Cooper Boat
Mini Cooper Boat unit was launched by Mini USA annual Motor-Tober. Manufacturers make this car as an element that is believed to liven up the annual Head of the Charles Regata in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

In this annual celebration, Mini Cooper uses a 6 hp motor powered boat converted into, is the result of cooperation with ACI Composite Inc. based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The craft is powered by a 6hp outboard motor, is a fiberglass version of a 2004 Mini hard-top. (Picture from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/)
Using a mock 2004 Mini Cooper Hardtop car, output in fiberglass version that can float on water.

2. TVR Scamander
Amphibious all-terrain vehicle was originally envisioned by Peter Wheeler, owner of British sports car manufacturer TVR for 23 years, but he passed away before it came to fruition.

So his wife and a team of engineers made sure the Scamander was eventually built, Peter's dream car as well as a team dedicated to Peter.
TVR Scamander. (Picture from: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/)
On the street, the car can reach a maximum speed of 120 mph, V6 engine equipped with the power of 300 horsepower. Has impressive performance because it can drive in any terrain on land and water.

3. Sea Lion
This car was made by Marc Witt, a car enthusiast who has 6 years of working on his own dream project made amphibious cars. Eventually he managed to create The Sea Lion, the sports car that can "swim" in the water with a speed of 60 mph and 125 mph on land.
Sea Lion-the amphibious car. (Picture from: http://www.pricesearchindia.com/)
Even for success, Marc Witt ready to sold this amphibious car with the price of 259,500 U.S. dollars, or approximately Rp. 2.33 billion per unit. This car was made from aluminum and stainless steel for the body to be water resistant and using Mazda 174-hp rotary engine.

For now, the speed of the car was made by Marc is the fastest amphibious car, while other amphibian car only 45 mph of speed.

4. AmphiCoach GTS-1
Not only vehicles with small to medium size could swim in the water, the large one such as the bus also took part as an amphibious vehicle. There are 2 buses with a length of 12 meters, the first has been operated to transported tourist in the Budapest beach, in Hungary.
AmphiCoach GTS-1. (Picture from: http://autokult.pl/)
This AmphiCoach GTS-1 was used to transport the tourists sailing in the waters. If it's crossing on the water surface, this bus is capable of accelerating to a speed of 20 knots. A second AmphiCoach GTS-1 vehicle was operated by the owner of the resort in Belfast.

AmphiCoach GTS-1 was designed by George Smith and made in Malta by his own company, GS Specialist Vehicles. The production process AmphiCoach GTS-1 is largely using manual method. Borrowed another term, this vehicle is the result of hand-crafted, not manufactured in a factory.

5. Gibbs Aquada
Aquada is a new vehicle from the England's Gibbs Technology. Gibbs Aquada, a vehicle that can drive up to 100 mph on the highway and 30-plus mph on the water.

In less than 13 seconds, the wheels retract and power switches from a four-cylinder, 175-hp V6 engine to water-jet propulsion—like a robot walking on water. But the buyer should beware. Even if the Aquada is a water skier-friendly, you will probably need a boat license.
Gibbs Aquada. (Picture from: http://www.jetski.com/)
Interiors of Gibbs Aquada. (Picture from: http://techblogmaster.com/)
The amphibious vehicle has been available in the U.S. from the first half of 2009 starting at $ 100,000 approximately Rp. 1.96 billion per unit. In addition, the British company says this boatmobile is unsinkable, even if it’s swamped in. (See Gibbs amphibious trucks here).

6. Rinspeed Splash
Another amphibious car that beat the speed of the Gibbs Aquada on water was called the Rinspeed Splash. On the surface of the water, this amphibious car can go at a speed of 80 kilometers per hour.

This amphibian car this one is slightly different from the Gibbs Aquada because Rinspeed use Hydroplane concept. Thus, similar to the use of water skis.
Rinspeed Splash. (Picture from: http://www.diseno-art.com/)
Transformation to a speed boat involves deploying a propeller at the rear, the large rear spoiler rolls under the car becoming the rear hydrofoil, and two hydrofoils integrated into the left and right sides of the splash swing down to form the front hydrofoils. So that when driving on the surface of the water, the bottom of the Rinspeed will rise to as high as about 60 centimeters. No wonder this type amphibious car capable of driving up to 80 kilometers while gliding on the water surface, and naturally Rinspeed has constructed the Splash's interior from waterproof materials. (See another Amphibious.) *** [DIH | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | PIKIRAN RAKYAT 02112012]
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