- DOST and Batangas State University unveil a locally-made rescue vehicle dubbed TOAD
- TOAD was developed by four engineers from the university
- TOAD stands for Tactical Operative Amphibious Drive
- DOST and BatStateU co-funded the project which cost around P1.4-million
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Batangas State University (BatStateU) have launched the Philippine-made amphibious rescue vehicle TOAD last week.
TOAD, which stands for Tactical Operative Amphibious Drive, was developed by BatStateU engineers and co-funded with the DOST. As its name suggested, TOAD can both run in land and in water.
The vehicle closely resembles the Philippine’s owner-type jeepney in appearance, but it is powered by a 22-horsepower engine for land navigation and a 15-hp unit for water navigation – both four-stroke gasoline-fed engines.
It can run at an average speed of 60 kilometers per hour (kph) on land and 60 knots on water. It is also equipped with a global positioning system (GPS) which is crucial during rescue and emergency operations. (Click here to read more)