Patrol Hovercraft

Patrol Hovercraft Applications


Complete operational flexibility.

The Hov Pod SPX range of hovercraft craft have no submerged propeller that could get damaged ending operation.

Hov Pod is just about the only vehicle suitable for many areas inaccessible to conventional vehicles and can operate over flooded land, mud, riverbeds, shallow water/tidal regions, rapids, shingle beaches, open water, grass, sand, desert, swamps, marshland, weeds, submerged plants, snow, ice, roads, shallow lakes and dried up salt marshes, sandbanks, roads, indeed any flat surface at speeds up to 45 mph.




For military, patrol, rescue and commercial users one Hov Pod SPX is cheaper to purchase than the daily operating, staffing and service costs of a helicopter or several types of other conventional vehicles required to give the same all terrain capability.

As borders stretch for many miles over a wide range of surface types and obstructions, several low cost Hov Pod SPX craft allow budgets to be spread over a wider area enabling more craft to be deployed to cover rivers, inland and coastal border areas and provide far better coverage and rapid response than helicopters, conventional vehicles or larger far more expensive, less portable and complex hovercraft.

The all terrain capability mean the Hov Pod SPX Hovercraft can act immediately taking a direct line for fast response without concern to water depth or other surface limitations in its path. In flooding it is not hindered by normally above water objects such as wire fences, walls furniture etc that prevents boat operations. It is also an ideal vehicle for humanitarian rescue or relief distribution during flooding and a craft used for patrol or commercial uses can quickly be adapted and moved to assist governments and aid agencies.

TCC + Specification

For patrol and military operations we recommend that you select the TCC+ hull, our latest version craft with dedicated and improved specifications to meet the demands for military use. The TCC+ craft incorporate a higher specification increased hull thickness in impact areas through more material and a more complex and costly oven cycle time to get more strength into the outer periphery of the craft, plus military spec. cooling system and gantry, additional electric power points.

Patrol Options

There are a number of recommended options for Patrol applications, we can send you a detailed price estimate in pdf format or excel format if you wish to configure the craft in your currency.

Ease of Operation

It is easy to operate with a minimum of training and anyone can learn to drive it in about 15 minutes, it really is simple and designed to make life easy. We spent time to design out the need for confusing extra controls and careful attention to detail on the balance and trim of the craft so the Hov Pod is simple, instinctive and easy to drive. This also allows you to train anyone to operate to use it as and when it is necessary to do so - no special training required.

Respected Brand

Many patrol, commercial and rescue organisations have purchased the Hov Pod SPX TCC+ Patrol Hovercraft including the United Nations World Food Program, Argentinean Coastguard, Hong Kong Harbour patrol, DLRG, and The Red Cross.

Why Hov Pod is different

The Hov Pod Hovercraft is the only hovercraft currently available manufactured from High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE). All terrain vehicles need to be very strong and take punishment in day to day use over ice, water debris, stones, rocks, rough terrain and bumps and dips in the surface. The new generation Hov Pod incorporates a 3-layer TCC HDPE composite. The superior weight to strength ratio for TCC HDPE is vastly superior to glass fibre, that is why it is used for kayaks (that continually hit and ride off submerged rocks) and to create artificial joints, ice rink puck impact plates and F1 crash barriers. This ensures that the Hov Pod is lightweight, extremely buoyant, yet far stronger and more impact resistant than brittle glass fibre (GRP) which cracks and breaks on impact. You can hit HDPE with a mallet or jump up and down on it without cracking it, which means that the Hov Pod can withstand operational use, impacts, knocks and bumps that destroy other craft. The SPX TCC + indicates a third generation higher specification suitable for Patrol and military applications. Please see http://hovercraft-durability.blogspot.co.uk/ for a video showing its durability in use.

Ice and snow

The HDPE hull design makes the Hov Pod SPX TCC+ Patrol Hovercraft ideal for general rugged use but in particular over ice and snow. Unlike snowmobiles and boats the Hov Pod SPX TCC+ Patrol Hovercraft is a true year round solution and is not affected by thinning ice, water pools, melting ice, broken ice or access to or from ice or water lakes.

We have supplied craft for use in Scandinavia, Canada and Central Europe; please see some of the You Tube links at http://hovpod-snow-and-ice.blogspot.com/ in our video area on the website. The Hov Pod SPX TCC+ Patrol Hovercraft hull is far more suitable than thin glass fibre constructed hovercraft hulls that shatter on impact with ice or debris in water or mud. This characteristic is particularly comforting in cold climates as some glass fibre hovercraft in the past have sunk or let on board freezing water exposing occupants to the threat of hypothermia.

Skirt Material

Cheap thin skirts get ripped and are expensive to keep replacing, and dangerous if ripped by debris or ice. The Hov Pod SPX TCC+ Patrol Hovercraft skirt material is a unique specially developed Polyurethane / Nylon weave and fabric combination with anti-rip properties and incredible wear resistance. It means you can operate in far greater safety and will not be forever changing or repairing skirts. Even when cut by sharp scissors it is almost impossible to extend the cut. 65 Individual skirt sections and the unique IAPSS skirt design gives far greater flexibility, continued operational ability and high speed safety.

Engineering

The Hov Pod SPX is in a class of its own, designed by CAD and made on CAM machines from highly durable materials and processes. This means that components such as the drive parts are made to high levels of accuracy and quality for increased operational durability, safety and reliability. The Hov Pod unlike many other craft is also designed for salt water operation with enclosed quick lift off engine covers and parts such as high specification electrical components and stainless steel fittings to minimise corrosion and increase operational reliability and safety. The simple yet rugged design and use of quality components mean that servicing where required is easy to undertake.

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To receive samples of the unique HDPE hull and Polyurethane / Nylon weave skirt materials, please contact us.

Patrol Hovercraft Summary of Characteristics

Fully amphibious: Complete operational flexibility. The Hov Pod SPX range of craft have no submerged propeller that could get damaged ending operations. The Hov Pod SPX can operate in shallow water and over mud, swamps, grass, riverbeds, open water, tidal regions, rapids, marshland, desert, sandbanks, shingle, weed, sand, ice, snow, roads, shallow lakes, dried up salt marshes, indeed any flat surface at speeds up to 45 mph. Its all terrain capability mean the Hov Pod SPX can act immediately taking a direct line for fast interception without concern to water depth or other surface limitations in its path.

Role versatility

Excellent for reconnaissance, policing, border patrol, GPS surveillance and special forces retrieval. It is also an ideal surface craft to undertake multi surface interception acting on downstream communications from airborne surveillance. Also an ideal vehicle for humanitarian rescue or relief distribution during flooding.

Suitability

Can operate in fog and monsoon conditions. Faster than a helicopter winch that can only winch one casualty at a time. Can operate around power lines and trees with no downdraft to disrupt surface operations. Aid can be delivered accurately and safely rather than by throwing from moving craft.

Stability

The air cushion provides a far more stable weapons and observation platform than conventional boats or ground vehicles, especially whilst maneuvering.

Low surface disturbance

No visible wave or wake makes the Hov Pod SPX very hard to locate especially in calm or night conditions. Operating above the surface the Hov Pod SPX ATDH range produce very little acoustic, pressure or magnetic signals and are less prone to activating mines when operating both on land or water.

Compact plastic construction

Larger hovercraft and boats are easier to detect. The Hov Pod SPX can wait up hidden on shore or on small islands hidden by clutter where least expected. The compact plastic construction produces a very low radar cross section. The Hov Pod SPX can be dropped by parachute for rapid deployment.

Low purchase and operational cost: The Hov Pod SPX ATDH is a very affordable craft to purchase operate and maintain. One Hov Pod SPX is cheaper to purchase than the daily operating, staffing and service costs of a helicopter. Skilled pilots are not required and as borders stretch for many miles over a wide range of surface types and obstructions, several low cost Hov Pod SPX craft allow military budgets to be spread over a wider area. This enables more craft to be deployed to patrol inland and coastal border areas and provide far better coverage and rapid response than helicopters, conventional vehicles or larger far more expensive, less portable and complex hovercraft.

Reliable, safe and easy to maintain

CAD/CNC technology and high grade components ensure superb engineering tolerances for minimum maintenance. Simple design and easy access to all components mean that servicing does not require specialists and downtime is minimised.

Easy to deploy

Easy to tow behind or carry on traditional vehicles and can be supplied with 45 second quick launch trailer. This means the craft can be quickly and safely deployed anywhere, and launch and return to shore without special ramps or the need for operators to disembark into water. This means defence personnel are not left exposed to observation or attack whilst wading slowly through surf or soft ground with wet heavy clothing.

Simple design and controls

A low centre of gravity combined with a simple single engine design and with all unnecessary elevators, trim levers etc removed ensures great manoeuvrability and very simple operation. Simplicity of design means that with minimal operator training all operators can grasp the basics of operation after only one hours training. This enables multi operator use where the operator can concentrate solely on the task in hand without the need for specialist pilots.

HDPE construction

HDPE composite construction is extremely strong, lightweight and remains buoyant even if damaged. HDPE has excellent properties to withstand damage to enable use in harsh all terrain environments and it can be easily modified and configured to accept customer specified mounts and other specialist equipment.

Skirt design:

Unique anti rip polyurethane/nylon segmented skirt with 65 anti plough design segments fed from the IAPSS air management feed system. This gives excellent ride stability and exceptional wear and damage resistance for increased operational reliability. Skirt system design enables continued operation even if damaged.

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Hovercraft for Ice Rescue

Hovercraft for Ice Rescue

Hovercraft save lives - how else can rescuers reach victims who fall through ice? Boats do not travel over ice so well, hovercraft can fly over any flat surface. Hypothermia can immobilize victims so they may not have the strength to “grab this lifeline” assuming one can be thrown. 
Rescue Hovercraft


It takes time for rescuers to put on dry suits, and thin ice that breaks will not support their weight - the victim has just proven that. Hovercraft do place rescuers at risk, and can quickly reach a victim before the onslaught of hypothermia.

The Hov Pod SPX TCC 120HP Turbo hovercraft is manufactured from HDPE so unlike glass fibre versions, will not crack on impact with ice; it also has great buoyancy properties.

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Rescue Hovercraft

Hovercraft for Airport Crash Rescue

We supply hovercraft to airports to aid bird control and for emergencies. The new Hov Pod Carbon Infinity 120HP 7-seater hovercraft has a number of rescue options to suit emergency situations. 
Rescue Hovercraft


They can be fitted with foam sprayers, stretcher carriers, quickly reach victims in inter tidal areas, rivers, lakes, and can fly over any flat surface at speeds up to 40 miles per hour. 

No specialist pilots or engineers are required, the Hov Pod is easy to operate and maintain.


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Hovercraft for Mobile Medical Clinics

Hovercraft for Mobile Medical Clinics

Hovercraft can get essential medicines to victims of natural disasters like flooding quickly and cheaply. 
Rescue Hovercraft


Remote areas are often difficult to reach during flooding emergencies, and the purchase and operational costs of helicopters are many times the cost of hovercraft. 

Hovercraft can travel over fast running, shallow waters - they have no propellers to get snagged on mangrove roots or get damaged by submerged rocks, coral or marine life.


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Hovercraft for Flood Rescue

Hovercraft for Flood Rescue

Flooding emergencies can spread the threat of hunger, poor sanitation and disease as sewage farms and drains overflow. 
Rescue Hovercraft


It is important to transport essential food, water purification bottles and medicines over wide areas often cut off by damage to roads, bridges and infrastructure we normally take for granted.


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Hovercraft for Search & Rescue (SAR)

Hovercraft for Search & Rescue (SAR)

Hovercraft are useful in a number of search and rescue situations. With global warming, flooding is on the increase, and disruption can affect infrastructure and transportation, wash away roads and bridges. 
commercial hovercraft


Hovercraft can travel over any flat surface, and so provide food, essential medicines and water purification bottles. 

Easy to use, maintain and transport, the new generation of carbon fibre hovercraft are tough and durable, no specialist pilots or engineers are required, training and maintenance is simple.

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