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Soviet-era ground effect vehicles

August 21, 18:28 UTC+3

A ground effect vehicle, or "ekranoplan", is capable of rising above ground or water due to the effect created by the aerodynamic interaction of the wings and the surface

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Lun-class ground effect vehicle (GEV) was designed by Rostislav Alexeyev and used by the Soviet and Russian navies until late 1990s. It carried the P-270 Mosquito guided missile. The only model of this class ever built, the MD-160, entered service with the Black Sea Fleet in 1987
Lun-class ground effect vehicle (GEV) was designed by Rostislav Alexeyev and used by the Soviet and Russian navies until late 1990s. It carried the P-270 Mosquito guided missile. The only model of this class ever built, the MD-160, entered service with the Black Sea Fleet in 1987
Lun-class ground effect vehicle (GEV) was designed by Rostislav Alexeyev and used by the Soviet and Russian navies until late 1990s. It carried the P-270 Mosquito guided missile. The only model of this class ever built, the MD-160, entered service with the Black Sea Fleet in 1987
© Alexei Zhigailov/TASS
Volga-2 ground effect vehicle
Volga-2 ground effect vehicle
Volga-2 ground effect vehicle
© Alexei Zhigailov/TASS
SM-6 experimental single-pilot ground effect vehicle, developed at the design bureau of Rostislav Alexeyev
SM-6 experimental single-pilot ground effect vehicle, developed at the design bureau of Rostislav Alexeyev
SM-6 experimental single-pilot ground effect vehicle, developed at the design bureau of Rostislav Alexeyev
© Alexei Zhigailov/TASS
Orlyonok ground effect vehicles for amphibious assault operations
Orlyonok ground effect vehicles for amphibious assault operations
Orlyonok ground effect vehicles for amphibious assault operations
© A. Belyaev/TASS
Orlenok two-seat ground effect vehicle
Orlenok two-seat ground effect vehicle
Orlenok two-seat ground effect vehicle
© Alexei Zhigailov/TASS
Strizh ground effect vehicle
Strizh ground effect vehicle
Strizh ground effect vehicle
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Model of a double-decker ground effect vehicle with 260 passenger capacity, 1993
Model of a double-decker ground effect vehicle with 260 passenger capacity, 1993
Model of a double-decker ground effect vehicle with 260 passenger capacity, 1993
© Alexei Zhigailov/TASS
Orlyonok sea-going ground effect vehicle
Orlyonok sea-going ground effect vehicle
Orlyonok sea-going ground effect vehicle
© Alexei Zhigailov/TASS
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Lun-class ground effect vehicle (GEV) was designed by Rostislav Alexeyev and used by the Soviet and Russian navies until late 1990s. It carried the P-270 Mosquito guided missile. The only model of this class ever built, the MD-160, entered service with the Black Sea Fleet in 1987
© Alexei Zhigailov/TASS
Volga-2 ground effect vehicle
© Alexei Zhigailov/TASS
SM-6 experimental single-pilot ground effect vehicle, developed at the design bureau of Rostislav Alexeyev
© Alexei Zhigailov/TASS
Orlyonok ground effect vehicles for amphibious assault operations
© A. Belyaev/TASS
Orlenok two-seat ground effect vehicle
© Alexei Zhigailov/TASS
Strizh ground effect vehicle
© Alexei Zhigailov/TASS
Model of a double-decker ground effect vehicle with 260 passenger capacity, 1993
© Alexei Zhigailov/TASS
Orlyonok sea-going ground effect vehicle
© Alexei Zhigailov/TASS

A ground effect vehicle, also known as "ekranoplan," is a vehicle capable of rising above ground or water due to the effect created by the aerodynamic interaction of the wings and the surface.  Although they may look like seaplanes, ground effect vehicles are not aircraft, as they are unable to fly freely in the air. According to Russian manufacturers, sea-based multirole ground effect vehicles may be created in Russia in 2020-2022. TASS recalls these futuristic machines which were popular during Soviet times

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