Potential Uses of Ground Effect Machines

Passenger Transport

-Inter Island

With global community spreading further and further from the cities and onto the islands and archipelagoes, the need for fast, efficient and reliable transport has never been greater and is going to increase as time goes on. Conventional transport is either slow or expensive in our fast moving world. Radacraft offers an alternative that needs no infrastructure beyond a smooth beach or jetty. Also in developing countries where inter island travel and trade was difficult or impossible before, Radacraft offers an alternative that opens many more possibilities for trade and transport.

-International

As the uses and acceptance of ground effect Machines grows, so also will the size of craft available to the market. One of the beauties of ground Effect is that the larger the craft is the more efficient it becomes, so it is realistic to envisage that the future will see ground effect craft many times bigger than aircraft to fill the niche between slow ships and expensive planes. Already craft have been built for military applications of over 500 tons, see our What else is There page for images. Even we a Radacraft have started to look at possible designs that could utilize existing shipping ports and be many times larger that existing aircraft.

-Water Taxi

The need for faster commuter transport around populated harbors has never been greater and growing. If we consider that nearly all major cities of the world are located on waterways, the market for water based transit is enormous.

Cargo Transport

-Fresh Produce

-Seafood

-General Perishables

-High value Exports

As WIG craft fill a niche between ships and aircraft, they will be able to better serve the needs of the consumers that have for too long not been able to trade to maximum effectiveness. If we consider the areas mentioned above, in particular the seafood and fresh produce, these would still be able to get to market in prime condition but a fraction of the cost making trade much more even and accessible to these primary producers.

Military Applications

-Ship Launch Facilities

-Fast Landing Craft

-Fast supply Craft

-Low Radar Signature

-Low Infrared Signature

-Difficult to Detect on Satellite

-Fast Troop deployment

-Ability to Operate From Land or Sea

There is almost no need to discuss the obvious military advantages of WIG craft. With the almost stealth characteristics and low flying stability, insertion and retrieval of personnel being deployed on home shores with the ability to be at a hot spot anywhere in the world, fully equipped within 24 hours, has incredible cost saving potential to any Military power. With WIG craft not needing any infrastructure as long as there is a beach or port, personnell and equipment can be inserted with ease.

  COMPARISONS

Here we quickly outline the comparisons with other modes of transport, you will note that Ground effect craft fit more in to a niche than displace an existing mode.

Ships

SES

Hovercraft

Aircraft

WIGcraft

Speed

Low

Med

Med

High

High

Efficiency in c/ton/mile

18-20

65-80

65-80

85-90

35-50

Maintenance costs

Low

Med

Med.

High

Med.

Infrastructure

Med

Med

Low

High

Low

Flexibility

Low

Low

Med

Low

High

Price @ equal parameters

1

2

3

6

2

Certification

Low

Low

Low

High

Low

Safety

Med

Med

Med

High

Very High

 


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