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Old 11-06-2017, 01:10 PM   #1
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Default Arctic Monster for budget year 2022

http://www.popularmechanics.com/mili...rid-transport/

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Russia is planning a new wing-in-ground-effect vehicle to support its expanded Arctic military operations. The airplane/ship, dubbed the "Arctic Monster" by Russia's Izvestia news agency, will weigh a staggering 600 tons, making it one of the largest "airplanes" ever built

Most winged vehicles usually stay far from the ground with the exception of takeoffs and landings, but GEVs are designed to fly just above a flat surface—such as the ocean—to transport people and cargo vast distances. GEVs can travel up to fifteen times as fast as a ship over water, and do not have to worry about minefields and torpedoes.

According to Izvestia, Russia's Alekseyev Design Bureau is designing a prototype 600-ton ekranoplan for supplying bases across the Arctic and Pacific oceans. The vehicle, tentatively named "Rescuer," will be 305 feet long with a wingspan of 232 feet. It will have a top speed of 341 miles an hour and be able to transport up to 500 people at a time.
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