The Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle had its fifteen minutes of fame when 2008 presidential candidate John McCain cited the amphibious assault vehicle as the basis for a costly program that was wasting billions of taxpayer dollars. Developed for the US Marine Corps, it is deployed at sea and transports a full marine rifle squad to shore, then operates on land with the full capabilities of a tank.
To help defend its island territories, Japan will add 52 AAV-7 amphibious landing vehicles. Above, a US Marine amphibious assault vehicle launches from the beach to amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore during Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2014. (Photo: MC1(NAC) Shannon E. Renfroe/US Navy)
An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft is transported on an aircraft elevator aboard the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
A Marine moves out of the way after helping to launch an amphibious assault vehicle during the Rim of the Pacific 2012 exercise on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, July 12, 2012. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Daniel Johnston