SWAN Prototype launched

November 26, 2019

A prototype of Severe Weather Amphibious Navigator (SWAN), a project funded by Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) and a collaborative project of Dr. Ryan de Lara of Wesleyan University-Philippines, Dr. Jaypee Pajarillaga of Holy Angel University, and Engr. Edgardo Santos of Don Honorio Ventura State University, was soft launched during the four-day celebration of 26th National Inventors’ Week and 2019 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits held at Central Luzon State University.

The SWAN prototype was presented by De Lara with engineers Jhunard Matitu, Johannna Marie Sudayon, Mark Jeremy Catacutan, Arvie Rose Habay Habay to DOST Secretary, Fortunato T. Dela Pena and DOST Region 3 Director,  Dr. Julius Ceasar V. Sicat.

S.W.A.N. is an alternative to a military amphibious vehicle, the upper part of its body is made from Abaca fiber composites woven into fabrics stacked in composites of vacuum assisted resin transfer molding. Its under chassis and engine were converted from a conventional military truck. SWAN’s glass fiber reinforced composite hull can carry twenty persons with a maximum weight of seventy-five kilograms each, or an equivalent of two hundred packs of relief goods weighing eight kilograms per pack. Its communication system is integrated with a long range VHF/UHF base transfer widely used by emergency vehicles and first responders. The SWAN vehicle is also equipped with a military grade GPS navigation system.

SWAN Hull prototype is being exhibited in the 2019 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits at Central Luzon State University.

The soft launching of Project SWAN was witnessed by Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña (2nd from right), and DOST Regional Director, Dr. Julius Caesar Sicat. Project leader, Dr. Ryan de Lara (2nd from left), and staff member, Professor Rolaila Delovino (left) were present during the launching.

Project leader, Dr. Ryan De Lara, tests the prototype before its formal launching.

Dr. Ryan De Lara and Mr. Robert Lacson, Wesleyan driver, prepare the prototype for exhibit.