A self-piloted howitzer designed to carry water for a few hundred meters has been developed by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University at Buffalo, USA.
The project, named “Grape propelled packets”, aims to create a self-propelled howitzer capable of carrying a maximum payload of 10,000 pounds, which is roughly the equivalent of a medium-size warship.
The howitzer’s main purpose is to carry a water-bearing cargo.
The researchers say their new weapon could make it easier for nations to fight water shortages.
“It’s really interesting to see that the self-propulsion system, which can take water, is also a good way to carry small, light, lightweight payloads,” said Matthew E. Williams, a professor of engineering in the UC Berkeley School of Engineering and Applied Science and a co-author on the paper.
The self-powered howitzer uses a system of propellers on a pair of wheels that is steered by two motors that rotate at different speeds.
It also has a parachute system to catch the water.
The prototype uses four water-carrying modules, each weighing more than 500 pounds, that each weigh around 60 pounds.
The system also includes a parachute, an electrical power supply and a battery pack.
The technology is being developed by the University and the US Naval Research Laboratory, with funding from the National Science Foundation.
The research was funded by the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.