air cushion vehicle


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air cushion vehicle

A vehicle capable of being operated so that its weight, including its payload, is wholly or significantly supported on a continuously generated cushion or "bubble" of air at higher than ambient pressure. Also called ACV. (Note: NATO uses the term "ground effect machine.")
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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Shi, "Research on the course and turnrate coordinated control for an air cushion vehicle," in Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA '07, pp.
1955: The hovercraft, or air cushion vehicle, was patented by British engineer Christopher Cockerell.
Uneven surfaces with rocks and other obstacles can significantly slow down or even stop and damage an air cushion vehicle if the chamber containing air cushion (the plenum chamber) was made of rigid materials, Hammad continued.
As a critical element in future expeditionary strike groups, the ship will support the Marine Corps mobility triad, which consists of the landing craft air cushion vehicle, the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle and the Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft (MV-22).
The 21 metres long Air Cushion Vehicle with 31 tonnes displacement can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots.