Russian Manufactured Goods

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  1. Philip Owen

    Philip Owen Office Registrar (13th class)

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    The early Ekrani were developed in Saratov. The first really operational one was shaped like a flying saucer. There is a night club on the Volga Embankment called the Ekran, complete with enlarged black and white pictures of the river craft. It operated as a ferry for a while.

    Andrei Liakhev once wrote that they were expensive to build. Conventional airframe techniques didn't quite work as everything had to be that much stronger and every piece of airframe was different.
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    Carlo Ship Secretary (11th class)

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    Small Ekranoplan are still produced. The FSB has just announced they will buy some for the Border Guards:
    http://lenta.ru/news/2013/07/29/sterkh/
    I think there are talks to develop and produce new large Ekranoplans soon, also.
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    Thanks for this -- I've wondered for years.
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    The Ekran was a WIG - a Wing In Ground Effect vehicle. The military produced several designs, such as the Beriev BE-1 and VVA-14 (the latter never made it past the prototype stage), the Lun and the Orlyonok. The "Caspian Monster" was a military design as well, the largest Ground Effect Vehicle in the world at the time. The freakish thing about such vehicles is that the closer they operate to an external surface such as the ground, the more efficient they are, which is opposite to an aircraft. An aircraft in ground effect grows heavy and clumsy as it loses lift; a great example of a dramatic crash because the pilot thought he was smarter than ground effect was that of the RAF Nimrod that went into Lake Ontario a few years back, during an air show. Coincidentally, I was on a course at HMS DRYAD with a former crew member in that aircraft. He had been posted out just a few months before the air show in which, sadly, the entire crew was killed, and he said the pilot was widely regarded as one who believed himself impervious to the laws of physics.

    Interest in WIGs remains strong, and if you still have any influence with the government, Aquagen of Russia makes a beautiful little craft which they say is so far ahead of former designs it's like comparing a pickup truck to a Ferrari F-12 Berlinetta (730 bhp V-12, can you believe it?), called the Aqualet.

    http://www.aquagen.ru/eng/planes/akvaplan/
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