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Putin's aide says ground effect vehicles can be used in Arctic

March 28, 2017, 21:22 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Long distances, low temperature and permafrost in the Arctic can be an obstacle to using conventional transport

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MOSCOW, March 28. /TASS/. Ground effect vehicles (GEV) may become suitable transportation means for use in the Arctic, Russian presidential adviser and special envoy for climate change Alexander Bedritsky told TASS in an interview on Tuesday on the verge of the International Arctic Forum.

Long distances, low temperature and permafrost in the Arctic are obstacles to using conventional transport infrastructure, such as airports, railways and motorways.

"Ground effect vehicles, if these are produced, suit the North perfectly. They can fly over the tundra, over the sea surface and over ice. A ground effect vehicle may fly for a thousand kilometers over tundra - there are no trees and no structures," Bedritsky said.

Russian private companies have already been ready to supply small-size GEV for the Arctic, the official added.

The Arctic - Territory of Dialogue Fourth International Forum will be held in Arkhangelsk, a city in the north of European Russia, on March 29-30. It is expected to bring together about 1,500 people from Russia and other countries. The TASS news agency is the forum’s general media partner.

The forum is one of key platforms for discussing problems and prospects of the Arctic region. Its goal is to unite efforts of the international community for the efficient development of the Arctic. The participants of the forum, held since 2010, discuss improving the quality of life in the Arctic territories, developing transport system and environmental issues.

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