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
February 8-10, 2012
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
(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
(5) Mr. Carambat invited NSARC to send representatives to New Orleans to see and
assess the vehicles.
Kat Vehicles® were invited to be in a part of the ASNE American Society of Naval Engineers Conference to display the KAT® Amphibious Vehicle at the
Crystal City Hyatt Convention Center February 8th-10th, 2012. This was the first public exposure of the KAT® 829. Since 2009 we have continued to make
substantial improvements to the original 2008 model.
The KAT® 829 is already the world's fastest (15 Knots) wheels down amphibian with twice the payload, range and clearance of its nearest competitor.
Add to that our SOCOM HSB design experience, unprecedented fully road certifiable design, and recently patented self draining/bilge-less, unsinkable construction.
The new 829 upgrades now include 4WD and 4 wheel independent suspension with powder coated S 2500 A-arms/suspension, racing nitrogen shocks,
and SS brake systems.
We are now also developing a high speed militarized version to achieve the (35 Knots) water speed SOCOM requires. SOCOM is the
United States Special Operations Command, the unified command for the worldwide use of Special Operations elements of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
To obtain that high speed capability we will lift the oversize wheels up with our pre-engineered internal wheel hub hinge mechanism.
We are also negotiating with a foreign government navy to buy this high-speed version on spec, so the demand is high.
Our high mobility vehicle is worth review by first responders, government agencies and navies worldwide.
Government agencies for rescue, fire, law enforcement, military and all other
local, county, state and federal agencies can contact
David Carambat directly at (985) 893-2432.