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Originally posted by spincycle
I want to start by saying that I am a loyal lurker of ats and have been for about 10 years now. I created this account because on my way to a deep sea fishing trip out of Galveston recently we passed a relatively large area that was fenced off with some military like vehicles that had the lettering ARC on the side of it. Now, generally I'd be like ok maybe some private security org. that has some beefed up security somewhere. But, on the way out of the port there was a massive ship that also had that same lettering on the side. The ship looked to be at least 100 ft in length, and have actual building like structures sitting on top of it, so maybe a command center or something. Now that's good and all, but right across from the pier that we left out of there was a huge concrete looking building with no windows and a helicopter sitting on top with a little orange sub hanging from the top that resembled something like what you would consider to be an escape pod.
So my question is:
what is it? I tried to do a google search and couldn't come up with anything. I would have taken a picture but didn't for fear of getting in trouble. There is no way some private security or whatever has that much armor. I also google earthed it and didn't find current pictures with the vehicles in it. the location is just to the right of 1700 harborside dr. in Galveston, tx if any of you guys have any ideas that would be great as my curiousity is bugging me on this!
A lot of thanks in advanced,
Spinedit on 28-6-2013 by spincycle because: (no reason given)
The Automotive Research Center (ARC) is a University-based U.S. Army Center of Excellence for advancing the technology of high fidelity simulation of military and civilian ground vehicles.
At the Automotive Research Center (ARC) we develop simulation and modeling environments for discovering and assessing critical ground vehicle technologies. We focus on problems associated with management of power and energy within vehicles, mobility and survivability of the complete vehicle system, including the human operator.
What is CARC paint? CARC stands for Chemical Agent Resistant Coatings. These coatings are used extensively on most military vehicles and equipment. These coatings produce a non-porous coat that impedes radioactivity, chemical and biological contaminants from penetrating the coating and the base material. Instead of penetrating the coating, chemicals bead up on the exterior of the surface and are washed off easily.