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Latest Russian Military Hovercraft [Insert Dolph Lundgren Quip Here]

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On: Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 2:09PM | By: Chris Salamone

Latest Russian Military Hovercraft [Insert Dolph Lundgren Quip Here]

A country famous for implementing the world’s largest military hovercraft, the SR-N4, has created a new hovering killing machine. Caught during the filming of an upcoming Russian movie, made by an appropriately-named studio ‘Lenfilm’, this newest Russian military-grade hovercraft makes short work of sand, mud, and even choppy surf. Fans of the soon-to-be Red Dawn remake won’t be disappointed to hear that Russia still values the heady stench of glory with their Christy 6143 hovercraft, designed specifically for Special Forces operations “of any complexity.”

Although specs on the Christy military-grade 6143 aren’t public, info on the civilian version 6-seater is similarly tantalizing. The vehicle finds power in a 4-stroke, turbo 120 horsepower German engine and produces lift from a separate 2-V, 4-stroke, 23 horsepower engine from Japan. Interestingly, commercial and military hovercrafts receive the same double skirts to ensure a large carrying capacity, amphibious security, and a soft ride. “Due to a sandwich-type design the hovercraft has become lighter by 25% (over a previous model) and has 100% unsinkability and incredible stiffness of the hull and cabin.” Bold claims, indeed.

An innovation of note: Christy uses both vertical and horizontal rudders to improve, and hopefully prevent, errant hovercraft drift – a major hover-weapon dilemma (as we learned from Steve Martin in Sergeant Bilko). This military-grade version caught on tape doesn’t appear to come equipped with tank-size cannons, the main contributor to drift. Perhaps the folks at Christy Hovercraft have a cinephilic appreciation for Mr. Martin?

So you thought hovercrafts were a waste of time, a 1990s pipe dream? Think again. Since the late 1950s and early 1960s, hover tech has been used around the world in both military and public applications. Granted, you probably won’t see hovertanks anytime soon, but hovercrafts are still commonly used for covert operations, shipping, and of course…amphibious landings. In a country like Russia, where arctic seas meet endless deserts, hovercrafts seem like an ideal solution to a sometimes challenging environment.

In case you’re shaking in terror, fearing a second international arms race. Fear not. The Cold War is long gone and a small hovercraft proliferation cannot possibly symbolize the next major military movement. The Russians have always prided themselves on fascinating, yet quirky, military implements. But, I don’t think anyone is expecting World War III to involve hovercrafts lined up as far as the eye can see. The battle might be utterly fascinating, though.

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LooseBolt | 10:48AM (Mon, Jun 17, 2013)

I could use a little help with a scene from my novel in progress.
It concerns a hovercraft as the one abovewith wings.
Dave P.

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