ARKTOS Developments Ltd. was created in September 1993 as the manufacturing body for the high mobility amphibious Craft known by the registered trademark of ARKTOS. The design and manufacture of ARKTOS Craft is major focus of ARKTOS Developments Ltd.
ARKTOS International S.A. now handles sales of ARKTOS Craft and is the point of contact for all customers outside of Canada. Sales inside Canada are handled by ARKTOS Developments Ltd.
The ARKTOS Craft consists of a permanently linked pair of fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) hulls. Each hull is independently powered by a diesel engine linked through hydraulic motors, industrial transmissions, differentials, axles and torque multipliers to the track system. On land motive power is provided by the tracks, while in water propulsion jets supply the required thrust.
A hydraulically powered articulation arm links the two hulls, or Units, comprising the Craft. Articulation control is achieved by logic circuits operated through a joystick allowing each Unit to operate at independent angles with three axis of motion. This gives the Craft exceptional mobility while moving across the interface between dissimilar footings such as the transition from water to ice, land to ice, land to water, muskeg, and land to quicksand. The articulation arm also allows the Craft to negotiate the irregular terrain in ice-rubble fields, ice ridges, abrupt drop-offs, side slopes and most other hostile terrain. The unique ARKTOS system is patented in Canada and the United States of America.
The hull components are manufactured from an e-glass/Kevlar-hybrid
lay-up and withstand crushing forces from vast ice floe formations. The combination
of power, reserve buoyancy and hydrodynamic stability give the ARKTOS
Craft operational characteristics that allow payloads up to 10-tons in adverse
conditions, including quicksand. These operational abilities coupled with
the exceptional strength of the Craft make a platform well suited to emergency
evacuation, amphibious fire fighting, amphibious towing, icebreaker support,
through-ice diving, seismic surveys and other scientific exploration.
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