Russia is building a new ‘Caspian sea monster’, a US magazine reported
WASHINGTON, (BM) – “The Sea Monster” was called the new Russian ekranoplan A-050 according American edition of We Are the Mighty, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. The article is titled “Forget Godzilla, Russia is building a new sea monster”.
The authors report that in 2020 Russia plans to begin operating the A-050 Chaika-2 ekranoplan, a dynamic hovercraft. Due to modern materials, Chaika-2 weighs about 50 tons and can accelerate to 450 kilometers per hour on the water surface, on ice, and even on a flat steppe. The vessel is able to overcome up to 5 thousand kilometers and carry up to 100 fighters or up to 9 tons of cargo.
The fact that Russia is building an ekranoplan with missile weapons was previously announced by Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov. According to him, the ship will be used for patrolling the Northern Sea Route, as well as the Black and Caspian Seas.
The beginning of the development of ekranoplanes was laid in the USSR. The vessel of the Lun project accelerated to 500 kilometers per hour, carried anti-ship missiles aboard and was practically invisible on radars. The smaller ekranoplan of the Orlyonok project could carry up to 150 fighters and several infantry fighting vehicles.
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