Russian Military Releases World’s Largest Assault Hovercraft
Just when you thought ships couldn’t get more menacing, the Russians come up with this! An amphibious assault ship that carries tanks, powers through storms, shoots down planes, and travels across the ocean at 70 mph.
Moldavia: The New Russian Assault Hovercraft
The Russian news network Zvezda has released an exclusive video showing the world’s largest hovercraft, the Russian amphibious assault ship Mordovia, firing on targets during drills in the Baltic Sea.
The amphibious nature of the Moldavia allows it to travel across bare land, marshes, and the open ocean and makes docking and deep water ports a thing of the past. Three turbine driven engine fans drive the ship as fast as 70 miles per hour.
The Russian Navy Zubr-class amphibious vehicle is designed to deliver amphibious assault units, including marines and tanks, to unequipped shores, as well as transport and plant naval mines.
According to Sputnik News, the vehicle can carry three battle tanks, or ten armored vehicles and 140 troops on board. The 57-meter-long Mordovia has a full load displacement of 555 tons and travels at a speed of about 110 kilometers per hour.
When fully loaded the ship is capable of negotiating 5-degree gradients and 1.6m-high vertical walls. The Mordovia remains seaworthy in moderate conditions up to Sea State 4, during which wind waves range between 1.25 meters and 2.5 meters.
Aside from firing on simulated targets, the Baltic Sea drills saw the Mordovia sealifting BTR-82 armored personnel carriers and marines to a new beachhead. The vehicle is part of Russia’s Baltic Fleet.
VIDEO: Watch Russia’s Monster Military Assault Hovercraft In Action!
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sources:Youtube, Телеканал ЗВЕЗДА, sputniknews.com