Meet The Ultimate Post-Apocalyptic Amphibious Vehicle

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The Storm is coming, and this can weather anything.

Current global events have many believing that the world is coming to an end, and while most react to this by stocking up on toilet paper, the rich are building underground bunkers and investing in armored cars. Sure, an armored car will protect you from the rabble, but what if you need to cross land and water? Enter the Storm; an armored off-road amphibious hybrid mech warrior built in Ukraine by Highland Systems that will crush a Mercedes-AMG G63 and take to water like a land-locked duck. This massive machine, which is classified by the manufacturer as an armored MPV, looks to be one of the most perfect all-terrain machines we've laid our eyes upon, and it comes stacked with some highly advanced tech.

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Highland Systems
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Highland Systems

Debuting at the 2021 IDEX defense expo in the UAE, the Storm measures 231.6 inches long and 113.1 inches wide, while tipping the scales at a gargantuan 17,637 lbs.

Powering the beast is a series diesel/hybrid system comprising three electric motors. A diesel engine and battery pack send power to two electric motors generating 590 horsepower each while producing 3,245 lb-ft of torque apiece. The third motor is a 201-hp, 738-lb-ft motor powering the amphibious drive HamiltonJet waterjet propulsion system. Combined, all propulsion systems can generate a claimed 2,500 hp. The Storm rides on a set of rubber tracks with reduced rolling resistance compared to standard steel tracks.

Performance is pretty remarkable as the massive amounts of torque mean the Storm can haul up to 4,409 lbs on water - likely more on land - and can travel at speeds of up to 87 mph on land or 17 mph on water. It can climb vertical rises on land of up to 60 inches and span moats of up to 80 inches across, while it can submerge up to 75% of its 92.9-ich height.

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Running in hybrid mode, Highland Systems estimates the Storm can operate for anywhere between 18 and 36 hours, while the diesel engine can operate as a generator for 8.5 hours. On battery power alone, you can travel for 3.5 hours at speeds of up to 56 mph, but if you want to cruise at v-max, this drops to 1.5 hours. On water, the Storm has a 4-hour operating range.

The Storm's armor setup is rated at between STANAG level 1 and 2, which means that it can handle high-caliber rifle fire, landmines and IEDs. As the company puts it, the Storm "is a Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle, designed for use in a wide range of specialist military and civil applications" and can be remotely controlled in situations where human lives would be placed in danger. The Storm is currently undergoing development, but Highland Systems is hinting at a submersible version. As if this thing couldn't get any cooler.

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