Saturday, June 10, 2017

Amphibious Excavators ... do they have a place with our Combat Engineers?

via Market Watch
Based on end user, the commercial segment is projected to witness high growth during the forecast period

Based on end user, the commercial segment of the amphibious vehicles market is projected to witness high growth from 2017 to 2022. This growth can be attributed to the increasing use of amphibious excavators for dredging applications, which are majorly used by governments to carry out maintenance of river beds, swamps, lakes, ponds, and reservoirs.
General Neller has (haven't heard him talk about it lately) mentioned that the USMC needs to start training to seize ports (I've been beating on that drum long before I first heard him talk about it) which brings me to this Market Watch article.

They believe that amphibious excavators will see an explosion in growth over the next few years.  I'm wondering if they have any place with our Combat Engineers or Sea Bees.

Everyone is talking about seizing a mega city.  Ok, I disagree with the idea, but like I said in the podcast...if this catches on then the Marine Corps will play a role and I see our Marine Expeditionary Brigade being tasked with the mission of seizing a port.

What do all mega cities have in common?  They're by large bodies of water which makes it a Marine mission (now do you get the force of connection on my concern...the Army and SOCOM might push the mega city fight but the Corps will bleed doing it!).

If we're gonna do it then new equipment will be needed.  Amphibious excavators, cranes, bulldozers and even LARCs.  If this is actually being considered then the US govt is gonna have to crack open its checkbook once again...cause we're gonna need new gear.

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