The developers were assigned the following task: “to create a prototype of a high-speed amphibious search-and-rescue vessel (APSS) on an air cushion with a flexible ballonet-type fencing for use as part of expedition rescue centers in the Arctic and on icebreakers”.
“The need for year-round operation of a hovercraft in the conditions of the Extreme North and Siberia requires solving a number of tasks, including: improving propulsion and injection systems, developing effective transmission schemes for driving propulsion, creating cold-resistant materials for flexible fencing, developing splash-proof and splash-breaking devices”, - says the description of the object.
One of the main characteristics of the APSS is “the possibility of placing it on board ice-going vessels, on icebreakers of 22220 (LC-60), 21900 (LC-16) projects and the promising icebreaker“ Leader ””.
“The vessel should take on board up to 4 tons of payload or 20 victims (including 2 people on stretchers), reach speeds up to 60 km / h on water and up to 90 km / h on ice, overcome 80-centimeter hummocks. The maximum range of the vessel is limited to 1000 km. A flexible balloon-type fence (with air-filled cylinders on the sides of the vessel) must withstand temperatures up to -50 degrees ", - leads resource requirements contained in the procurement documentation.
Contractor of the order worth 52 mln. Rub. The company "Aerohod" (Nizhny Novgorod), specializing in the manufacture of hovercraft, was selected.