Marines test new beach assault vehicle

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(CNN) – Call it part tank, part boat and part beer cooler. But it’s unquestionably all cool.

It’s a new U.S. Marine Corps vehicle for getting stuff like troops, tanks and trucks from ships to shore and back.

The Corps showed off a prototype of its Ultra Heavy-lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC) last week during Rim of the Pacific exercises in Hawaii, running it from the Navy’s amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore to the beaches of Marine Corps Training Area Bellows on Oahu.

“Showcasing the UHAC during RIMPAC is a big deal,” Dave George of the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, which developed the UHAC with funding from the Office of Naval Research, said in a press release. “This is a great way to let people know that this new technology is being developed.”

Here’s how the UHAC works: The tracks, which are made of what the Marines call…

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