posted on Feb, 5 2005 @ 05:05 PM
Which is the world's best military hovercraft?
I think its the Russian "Zubr" ("Bison"). Does the world have an answer to this invincible weapon?
The "Zubr" appeared in 1985. The vessel is capable of landing commandoes on 78 percent of unequipped coasts of the world (conventional storm boats
can do the same on the level of 14 percent only). In addition, the craft possesses a special quality, which seems to be fantastic for battle ships: it
is invisible for enemy's radar stations. The effect is achieved with the help of special coating on the body of the ship. Furthermore, the hovercraft
sails in a big cloud of water splashes, which makes it undetectable for radars.
In addition to transporting land troops, the amphibious vessel is capable of making mine barriers, and rendering serious battle support to military
men. The vessel is outfitted with two reactive Grad-M systems and four anti-aircraft Strela-3 complexes. The first system is meant to clear a coast of
enemy's forces. Strela-3 defends the vessel from airplanes and helicopters during sea navigation. "Zubr" is equipped with two automatic
six-barreled AK-630 guns. When the hovercraft shoots, it fires up to 4,000 shells a minute, which earned it a nickname in the Russian navy - a
metal-cutter. The intensive fire of AK-630 guns is a reliable defense against torpedoes, mines and even cruise missiles.