The Soviet news outlet Pravda has reported a unique movie with footage of the planet's largest hovercraft or air cushioned vehicle. The huge floating hover ship is called Mordovia, and is shown firing shells at test objects, and obliterating targets while going through it's drills in the Baltic's. The Soviet Zubr-class ACV is intended to transport water going assault platoons, comprising soldiers and armored vehicles to locations in difficult environments, in addition to carrying and setting munitions to destroy naval targets.
The hovercraft can transport several full size armored vehicles, a number of smaller support trucks abut 150 soldiers. The 200 foot long craft displaces over five hundred tons of water and can travel at speeds of 80 miles an hour. With a full load, the vehicle can traverse a 5-degree slope on rough terrain and easily get over four foot high walls or other obstacles!.It can stay seaworthy in quite heavy weather conditions, with waves up to 7 feet high..
As well as from launching projectiles towards targets on sea or dry land, the monster can sea-lift armored full-track carriers and soldiers to a completely new and isolated location very quickly, and the vehicle has now joined the Baltic Fleet. In perhaps the strangest piece of Soviet weirdness, a massive hovercraft bearing military insignia and sporting state of the art weapons of war just happened to float onto a busy public beach. It seems that the nation would like to be the region's own private penitentiary.
The enormous Zubr hovercraft are supposedly the biggest of the lot , and probably the biggest craft of it's kind in the world and is capable of transporting armored tanks in addition to four hundred marines. So why did it appear on a beach chockerèblosk with holiday-makers? Unfortunately nobody has any idea, or at least they are not saying. A Soviet spokesman for the government said:
Landing on a sandy beach is just a normal thing to do. The important question to ask is what were holiday makers doing on this beach where military exercises were taking place? Well, if the beach (it's in in Mechnikovo) is actually strictly out of bounds, it's obviously many people have just been terribly ill-advised, to allow several thousands of tourists to gather on a beach where hovercrafts tend to land now and again, or even regularly. It's possible nobody will ever know what really occurred, but at least it's too far away to bother us here - it'll be much safer buy personal hovercraft in UK .
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