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WORLDS LARGEST HOVERCRAFT Russian Zubr-class Project 1232.2 defending Russia
A hovercraft, also known as an air-cushion vehicle or ACV, is a craft
capable of travelling over land, water, mud or ice and other surfaces both
at speed and when stationary. Hovercraft are hybrid vessels operated by a
pilot as an aircraft rather than a captain as a marine vessel.
Hovercraft use blowers to produce a large volume of air below the hull that
is slightly above atmospheric pressure. The pressure difference between the
higher pressure air below the hull and lower pressure ambient air above it
produces lift, which causes the hull to float above the running surface.
For stability reasons, the air is typically blown through slots or holes
around the outside of a disk or oval shaped platform, giving most
hovercraft a characteristic rounded-rectangle shape. Typically this cushion
is contained within a flexible "skirt", which allows the vehicle to travel
over small obstructions without damage.
The first practical design for hovercraft derived from a British invention
in the 1950s to 1960s. They are now used throughout the world as
specialised transports in disaster relief, coastguard, military and survey
applications as well as for sport or passenger service. Very large versions
have been used to transport hundreds of people and vehicles across the
English Channel whilst others have military applications used to transport
tanks, soldiers and large equipment in hostile environments and terrain.
Although now a generic term for the type of craft, the name Hovercraft
itself was a trademark owned by Saunders-Roe (later British Hovercraft
Corporation (BHC), then Westland), hence other manufacturers use of
alternative names to describe the vehicles.
The Zubr-class (Project 1232.2 class, NATO reporting name Pomornik) is a
class of air-cushioned landing craft of Soviet design. This class of
military hovercraft is, as of 2012, the world's largest hovercraft. It
is designed to sealift landing assault units (such as marines or tanks)
from equipped/non-equipped vessels to non-equipped shore, as well as
transport and plant mines.
There are currently nine ships in active service in the world. The Zubr is
used by the Russian, Ukrainian, and Greek navies. The transfer of the
Kefalonia (L- 180), the first of two Zubr hovercraft purchased by
Greece, to the Hellenic Navy marked the first time that a Russian-made
ship was purchased by the navy of a NATO member.
High strength and buoyancy of the craft are provided by a rectangular
pontoon, the main load-carrying part of the ship's hull. The superstructure
built on the pontoon is divided into 3 compartments with two longitudinal
bulkheads: combat material compartment in the midsection fitted with tank
ramps, and outboard sections housing main and auxiliary propulsion units,
troop compartments, living quarters, and NBC protection systems. To improve
working conditions in the battle stations, troop compartments and living
quarters are fitted with air-conditioning and heating-systems,
sound/heat-insulating coatings, and structures made of vibration damping
materials. The ship provides normal conditions for the crew to take meals
Personnel are protected against the effects of weapons of mass destruction
by airtight sealing of combat stations, crew and troop compartments,
augmented with individual gas masks and protection suits. The ship is also
protected from magnetic influence mines with an active system to compensate
for the magnetic fields generated by the ship and transported materials.
The central command post and MS-227 device compartments are strengthened
with alloy armor.
The Zubr landing craft has a cargo area of 400 square metres (4,300 sq ft),
and a fuel capacity of 56 tons. It can carry three main battle tanks (up
to 150 tonnes), or ten armoured vehicles with 140 troops (up to 131
tonnes), or 8 armoured personnel carriers of total mass up to 115 tonnes,
or 8 amphibious tanks or up to 500 troops (with 360 troops in the cargo
At full displacement the ship is capable of negotiating up to 5-degree
gradients on non-equipped shores and 1.6m-high vertical walls. The Zubr
remains seaworthy in conditions up to Sea State 4. The vessel has a
cruising speed of 30-40 knots.
Russia Listeni/ˈrʌʃə/ or /ˈrʊʃə/ (Russian: Россия, tr.
Rossiya, IPA: [rɐˈsʲijə] ( listen)), also officially known as the
Russian Federation (Russian: Российская Федерация,
tr. Rossiyskaya Federatsiya, IPA: [rɐˈsʲijskəjə
fʲɪdʲɪˈrat͡sɨjə] ( listen)), is a country in northern Eurasia.
It is a federal semi-presidential republic, comprising 83 federal subjects.
From northwest to southeast, Russia shares land borders with Norway,
Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (both with Kaliningrad
Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China,
Mongolia, and North Korea. It shares maritime borders with Japan by the Sea
of Okhotsk and the U.S. state of Alaska across the
2020 Volkswagen Aqua Hovercraft Concept
A new concept from Volkswagen.
The Volkswagen Aqua is a futuristic hovercraft concept created by Yuhan
Zhang, a 21 year old designer from China. Yuhan just graduated with honors
from Xihua University with a degree in Industrial Design. Currently she's
in the process of selecting a Transportation Design course to further her
The Volkswagen Aqua is designed to cope with the wide variety of terrain
which covers China. From the lakes, rivers and coastal waters, to the
roads, wetlands and snow and ice. The concept was shortlisted in the CDN
Car Design Awards China, based on the brief entitled simply; "Chinese
off-road vehicle" by Volkswagen.
Like most hovercraft, the Volkswagen Aqua uses more than one engine. The
primary motor, which is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, is used to drive
the main fan which inflates the skirt around the vehicle and raises the
Aqua just above the ground. The fans at the rear of the vehicle are powered
by individual electric motors to provide forward thrust and directional
The styling of the Volkswagen Aqua is extremely clean and simple. There's
very little clutter to the lines, except perhaps at the rear due to the
quartet of fans. The interior has room for two people, and features a
similar minimalist vibe as the exterior.
Perhaps our only area of concern is with how you actually enter the
vehicle. See that small round hatch at the rear of the vehicle, the one
located where the rear window would normally be? That's your one and only
UNF hovercraft test 4
This is test 4 of a hovercraft made by mechanical engineering students at
the University of North Florida for a senior design project.
RC Motor Bike 1:5 Scale Ready to Go [ラジコンバイク]
RC Hovercraft carrying an RC car
A Project Hovercraft in the testing stages on water for the first time.
This Hovercraft is big enough to carry another RC car on its loading deck.
The whole model is in the style of a Ploice Hovercaft and is in the same
colours as the local Police Helicopter.