DOST launches TOAD, a rescue vehicle developed by Batangas university engineers

  • 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)

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