China's Ultra-Fast Amphibious Fighting Vehicle Is the Bond Car of Our Dreams

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China's Ultra-Fast Amphibious Fighting Vehicle Is the Bond Car of Our Dreams
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The North China Institute of Vehicle Research is apparently in the business of creating Bond vehicles. They recently revealed the fastest amphibious armored fighting vehicle (AFV) in existence, which can reach speeds up to 31 mph in relatively still waters. By comparison, other AFVs, like the Terrex 2 and BAE SuperAV, which are being considered by the US Marine Corps, are only capable of reaching speeds of about 6 mph. One of the reasons why China's AFV is capable of such impressive speeds is its weight: without additional weaponry or armor, the AFV weighs approximately 5.5 tons, which, for this type of vehicle, is relatively lightweight.

One of the more unique qualities of this AFV is its likeness to the many amphibious vehicles featured in the Bond films, specifically, the Lotus Esprit S1, one of Bond's most famous car. While this chunky war machine is a far cry from the speedy submarine car featured in "The Spy Who Loved Me," the technology is there. 
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The hull of this proof-of-concept (for now) vehicle is v-shaped to allow it to more easily move through the water. This shape also helps to protect the vehicle from improvised explosive devices (IEDs). In order to transform from a land vehicle, its four wheels retract up into its hull. This is, without a doubt, the most advanced AFV today. So, what could such a vehicle be useful for? 31 mph is impressive for an AFV, but perhaps not compared to many drones and other types of vehicles. 
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For real-life James Bonds (or special forces), AFVs could be an incredible asset in regards to stealth. Because they're a fairly underutilized vehicle variety, it's easy to imagine that most enemies would not expect to see a 5.5 ton amphibious vehicle driving right out of the water. This stealth coupled with higher speeds could allow it to be a more practical option to get special ops in and out, all while feeling like Roger Moore.
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