The Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel (WAM-V), is an innovative class of watercraft based on a patented technology that delivers a radically new seagoing experience.
The ultralight, flexible catamarans are modularly designed to allow for a variety of applications and to fit the requirements of specific users, missions, or projects. WAM-Vs are designed for either manned or unmanned operations and offer numerous technology advantages.
WAM-V technology lends itself to a wide variety of maritime applications.
WAM-Vs can be employed for ocean sensor deployment and retrieval, port surveillance and security, MPA monitoring and enforcement, UUV deployment and retrieval, nodal communications, maritime domain awareness, maritime interdiction operations, offshore oil and gas operations, among other uses.
Unlike conventional boats, the WAM-V hulls conform to the surface of the water.
The WAM-V does not push, slap or pierce the waves. Instead, the flexible structure of the vessel gives and adjusts to adapt to the shape of the water surface. A superstructure is connected to specially designed pontoons by several components that move in relation to one another. WAM-Vs have springs, shock absorbers, and ball joints to articulate the vessel and mitigate stresses to structure and payload. Two engine pods, containing the propulsion and ancillary systems, are fastened to the hulls with special hinges that keep the propellers in the water at all times. The inflatable pontoons act like the tires of a car, absorbing the high frequency waves.
WAM-Vs are composed of standardized units for convenient assembly, disassembly, and component replacement.
ayloads and instrument packages can be quickly reconfigured, allowing mission-specific customization in minutes. Modular engine pods with different propulsion systems can also be easily switched, depending on mission or maintenance requirements. Damaged components can be replaced quickly.
WAM-Vs can be built in different lengths to match specific applications.
Construction drawings can be quickly tailor-fit to customized needs. Marine Advanced Research, Inc. has designed, manufactured and tested 8’ radio-controlled models, a 50’ POF (proof of feasibility), a full-size 150’ prototype, along with 12’, 14’, 16’, and 33’ WAM-V USVs.
WAM-Vs are exceptionally seaworthy.
The 2:1 length-to-beam ratio, along with the articulation and suspension systems, make the WAM-V a markedly stable platform.
Designed to move with fluidity and precision, WAM-Vs can be operated in a range of water conditions.
Widely spaced engine pods enable a high degree of maneuverability, allowing the vessel to turn 360° within its own length. A WAM-V can pick up and deliver payloads from its center structure in open ocean or in very shallow water. The vessels are designed for brown to blue water applications.
WAM-Vs are easily shipped via land, air, or sea.
WAM-Vs can be disassembled into components and packed for shipment. Alternatively, they can be designed to hydraulically, electrically, or manually fold to reduce their footprint by up to 75%. The hydraulically folded 33’ x 16’ WAM-V USV, for example, fits into a standard 20’ shipping container.
WAM-V technology is environmentally conscious by its very nature.
The biomimetic design of the WAM-V was originally inspired by the body structures of insects. The open ocean vessel glides along the surface of the water like a spider, producing only a minimum wake. Additionally, its ultra-light design requires a much smaller anchor than that of other comparably-sized vessels, decreasing disruption to the ocean floor. The fuel consumption of WAM-Vs is also significantly less than that of other vessels with comparable characteristics.