Kaiman

Thrillseek, Search, Rescue, Survey or Strike with Confidence

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he Kaiman was designed to fulfil a role as a practical ‘work style hovercraft’, fully capable in SAR, Military or Industrial Roles. Good payload, easily transported, simple to operate, tough, reliable.

The Kaiman is transported on a road-legal 2.5m wide trailer and with a simple tilting deck arrangement the Kaiman can be quickly launched as the first responder in emergency situations. Thin or broken ice, mudflats, tidal estuaries, tropical swamps and other areas normally inaccessible to wheeled vehicles pose no problem for the Kaiman.

Moving your crew and equipment quickly and safely to the rescue scene can be crucial to saving lives.

The Caiman Crocodile is a tough, amphibious creature which is strongly territorial and can deliver a nasty bite. The Kaiman Hovercraft is an amphibious machine which can deliver troops and equipment over territories previously difficult to control or defend.

With the highest standard of design and construction the Kaiman may be classified by most classification societies.

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Technical Specifications

Dimensions When Hovering Transporting Dimensions
Length 7.08 m 6.56 m
Width 2.73 m 2.41 m
Height 2.73 m 1.95 m
Cushion height 377 mm @ front, 315mm @ rear
Transport Mode By road trailer with tilting flat deck. By sea, 2 units fit into a 40ftHQ container
Wave height clearance 0.75 m at a pitch of 10 metres or more
Normal operating speed 40 to 60 km/hr (22 to 30 kts)
Hump speed time Lightweight in 3 – 5 seconds.Heavyweight in 5 – 8 seconds
Accommodation Total = 1 crew plus 7 to 8 passengers.
Payload (normal water-start) 750 kg. (1000kg with reduced performance)
Empty weight 960 kg approx.
Engine (s) Standard – Subaru® EJ25. 135kW (180hp).Optional – Subaru® EJ25 Turbocharged. 155kW (208hp)
Fuel Gasoline 91 or better.
Endurance Loiter = up to 8 hoursCruise = 5 to 6 hours
Skirt type Pressurised tapered bag with detachable fingers.
Lift System Coaxial two stage fan system with hydraulic motor drive.
Thrust system Adjustable pitch 5-blade propeller. Forward thrust only.
Longitudinal pitch control Dynamic pitch control by elevators.Static pitch control by moving the fuel between the front and rear fuel tanks.
Controls All controls ‘Fly-by-Wire’ with programmable logic, programmable displays, warnings and safety interlocks.
Navigation & Communications Standard – GPS Speedometer and Course Over Ground, VHF transceiver and matching antenna, 50mm magnetic compass.Optional – GPS integrated chart plotter, Digital Radar, Night Vision system.