Arising from the watery destruction of Hurricane Katrina is the KAT Amphibious Vehicle. The KAT takes it’s name from Hurricane Katrina which hit New Orleans in 2005. At least 1,836 people lost their lives in the hurricane and subsequent floods, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane in 75 years. If rescue, fire, police and military personnel had this all-wheel drive amphibious multi-purpose vehicle at the ready, they could have towed thousands of people to safety on KAT wheeled barges. There is no other amphibious craft like it.
The KAT amphibious vehicle is an “unsinkable” watercraft with front wheel or powerful all wheel drive. Romola Garai husband too love KAT. Rescue, military, and SUV sport utility vehicle models are available with an array of custom options to suit a multitude of specialized purposes. The unsinkable design utilizes a revolutionary innovation incorporating a rugged steel-encased-foam chassis. Models are available with a variety of engine configurations and inboard-outboard marine drives.
All KAT vehicles are amphibious and built to extremely rugged, heavy duty specifications. Built to order for the government and the public, the models designed for rescue are configured specifically for the U.S. Coast Guard, FEMA, NSARC and other rescue and firefighting applications.
A second set of KAT models is specifically designed for the U.S. Marines, Navy SEALS, Army Rangers, and other military and government special forces to exacting military specifications for covert missions requiring stealth, armour and armament. Law enforcement rescue models and military models are available directly from the manufacturer, Industrial Object, LLC of New Orleans. Rescue, law enforcement and military representatives are invited to visit the manufacturer and test drive the KAT® through the Lousiana swamps and bayous.
The civilian version offers a third set of models designed for sport and recreation. These amphibious SUV models are outfitted to a high standard of automotive and watercraft finish. Available from KAT Amphibious Vehicle Sales, LLC of Las Vegas, they are also available in unassembled kit form, and will soon also be available at auto dealers and yacht dealers throughout the world. Prospective buyers and dealers are invited to visit Las Vegas for a test drive of the KAT® down the Las Vegas strip, over the dunes of the Mohave Desert, and through the waters of Lake Mead to the Hoover Dam.
- Auto Start
- Weapon Mounts
- Troop Cabin
- Speakers / Lights / Siren
- 360-degree Exterior Lighting
- Multiple Towed Barges
- Audio Video Navigation
- Onboard Camera System
- Versatile Patient Area
- Multimedia Car Audio
- Carbon Fiber Accessories
- Intake & Exhaust Systems
- Computer Flash Upgrades
- Turbo Tuning Upgrades
- Performance Suspension
Renowned marine designer David Carambat conceived of the amphibious rescue vehicle concept after Katrina ravished New Orleans. The design of his KAT amphibious vehicle has since evolved from rescue vehicles to also include military and recreational versions.
His company, Industrial Object, LLC specializes in marine and automotive industrial engineering and design. Industrial Objects is a cutting edge marine design firm providing innovative marine design since 1989. Inventor of the groundbreaking SWATH technology “Small Waterplane Twin Hull” and innovative hovercraft, Carambat also provides captivating “Best in Class” designs of leisure yachts and other recreational marine craft.
David Carambat’s designs surpass all other international leisure craft and work boats in efficiency, performance and comfort. There are also a number patents pending for the vehicle design and innovative technology of the The KAT amphibious vehicle. Carambat’s company, Industrial Object, LLC boasts the best of the best in naval architecture, materials science, structural design and CAD capable fabrication.
On February 21, 2008 Carambat gave a presentation of the KAT 829 Mass Rescue Vehicle to the NSARC. This is an excerpt of their report:
National Search And Rescue Committee
Suite 3106, 2100 2nd Street SW, Washington DC 20593-0001
Phone: (202) 372-2090 Facsimile: (202) 372-2912
February 21, 2008
U. S. Coast Guard Headquarters
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Mass Rescue Vehicle. Mr. David Carambat (Design Director, Industrial Object, LLC) gave a presentation regarding his company’s development of a rescue vehicle. Mr. Carambat advised the Committee:
(1) His company, Industrial Object, LLC, has taken advantage of it’s expertise in maritime and high speed craft design to develop a versatile high-performance rescue vehicle.
(2) Hurricane Katrina showcased the need to operate in sizeable areas, much of which are flooded; flooding is the most common type of natural disaster in the U.S.
(3) A durable, field-fixable amphibious tug-barge system that can be easily deployed would be a valuable disaster rescue asset.
(4) Ideally, the Coast Guard or FEMA could preposition such vehicles to enable rapid response.
(5) Mr. Carambat invited NSARC to send representatives to New Orleans to see and assess the vehicles.
KAT® Brand and Model Trademarks
KAT® and the Shield and Lightning Bolt logos are trademarks of Industrial Object, LLC. The “®” designates a U.S. registered trademark. AMPHIBIOUS KAT™ is the model name that states the amphibious nature of this Katrina-inspired vehicle. AMPHI KAT™ is an abbreviated brand name of the vehicle. H2O KAT™ and FIRE KAT™ are model names of the amphibious fireboat version. HYDRO KAT™ is another brand name of the amphibious SUV model. KAT 2005™ is a future special edition model commemorating the August 29, 2005 tragedy.
KAT 1000™, KAT 2000™, KAT 3000™, KAT 4000™, and KAT 5000™ are all future model names suggestive of engine displacement and horse power options based on planned models of the KAT AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE™. KAT KITS™ are assembled vehicle kits for the home built enthusiast.
KAT 829™ has special significance as the date in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans causing the death of at least 1,836 souls. KAT BOAT™ is a brand name reserved for this versatile marine/land vehicle. KAT CRAFT™ is a model name describing the amphibious vehicle’s water craft capabilities. KAT CROC™ is a trademarked name reflecting the heavy duty mobility of the KAT™ on land, water, swamp and sea. KAT MILITARY™ is the brand name of the stealth model outfitted for SEALS, Rangers, Green Berets and other units of the U.S. Special Forces.
KAT HM™ is the model name signifying the military term “High Mobility”. KAT HP™ is the “High Performance” version of the amphibious civilian sport utility vehicle. The KAT MP™ “Multi Purpose” model relects the diverse capabilities of this HEAVY DUTY AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE™. KAT PD™ is the brand name reserved for all branches of law enforcement and corrections. KAT RESCUE™ best describes the “Mass Rescue” capabilities of the KAT™ when towing wheeled barges.
KATRINA CAR™ is a registered trademark of this all-wheel drive SUV capable of 80 mph+ highway speeds. KAT VEHICLE™ is another trademark of this mass rescue / military / sport / utility / amphibious / watercraft vehicle. MILITARY KAT™ is the brand name allocated to the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and other branches of the military. POLICE KAT™ is the brand designed for police and law enforcement during searches and when in off road pursuit of suspects over difficult, wet and swampy terrain. RESCUE KAT™ is the brand name of the “Mass Rescue” model configured with a towing capability for numerous wheeled barges over land, over water, through swamps, through floods and other disasters. WATER KAT™ is a trademark describing the advanced watercraft capabilities of this high mobility, multi purpose, heavy duty amphibious vehicle.
BRAVO KAT™, DELTA KAT™, HELL KAT™, WHISKEY KAT™, YANKEE KAT™, and ZULU KAT™, are all brand name trademarks of heavy duty KAT® amphibious vehicles designed for rescue and the military.