Central marine design Bureau (CMDB) Diamond initiative has developed a new design of the small missile hovercraft (the sdrkms), which will replace the ships project 1239 " Steller sea lion ", said General Director of the enterprise Alexander Shlyakhtenko.
"We own part, though at the present time to propose a draft of a new hovercraft vessels of skeg type: adequate design studies in the field of weapons and power plants we have already carried out proactively, "said RIA" Novosti " Shlyakhtenko.
He added that the experience of operating the sdrkms from the black sea fleet has allowed to simplify the design, reduce technical risks and Cost, and increase reliability of the ship. Now from the Navy there are only two small missile hovercraft - "Bora" and "Sandstorm" project 1239 "Steller sea lion" who serve in the Navy. Ships of this project are Skaguay design, that is, with incomplete separation of the hull from the water and rigid side guards (the lower balloons) immersed in the water. Shlyakhtenko also told that the Russian Navy wants to extend the series hovercraft (KVP) project 12322 Zubr and 12061 Murena, replace Ukrainian engines on them is not difficult. Before the Ships of these projects were equipped with Ukrainian gas turbine engines, however, According to General Director of " Almaz ", the production possibilities For the construction of new vessels are and work on them can begin as soon as we receive an order from the fleet." The Navy wants to continue the line of "Bison" and " Eels ", the problem of changes of the power plant For these wonderful courts decide, " said Shlyakhtenko. Due to the design features of the hovercraft can Move along the ground, avoiding ditches, trenches and minefields, to move through the swamps and landing in the depth of enemy defenses. For KVP is available For the landing of the landing force of up to 70% of the total length of the coastline of the seas and oceans of the world. Small amphibious hovercraft project 12322 Zubr are the largest hovercraft in the world." The Zubr can carry 3 main tanks weighing up to 150 tons or 10 armored vehicles and 140 Marines.