It is reported that the machine will be comparable in size to the Caspian Monster famous in Soviet times.
The company said that it is about creating a basic platform under the working title “Rescuer”. The mass of the aircraft will be of the order of 600 t with a length of 93 m and a wingspan of 71 m. The decision in favor of large-sized ground-effect vehicle was made because such devices can fly with sea waves with 5-6 points.
“The reduced models of the Rescuer have already been tested in the TsAGI wind tunnel in Zhukovsky near Moscow, as well as in a special pool. A positive expert opinion was received, a technical project was defended, production cooperation was formed. The plans - the creation of a full-scale mock-up with the pilot's cabin, the places of the operators. The power plant for the "Rescuer" will develop the Samara company "Kuznetsov" ", - stated in the material.
It is planned to lift the device in the air in 2022-2023, and to complete the tests in 2025.
The new ekranoplan will be equipped with a ramp to facilitate loading and unloading of fighters and equipment. He can carry up to 500 people with weapons at speeds of 550 km / h.
According to Alexander Mozgovogo, a naval expert, the return of an WV to service will be a great achievement for Russia.