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Ekranoplan troubles, the latest news...

Postby Not_Karl » Fri May 22, 2020 5:45 pm

Apparently there is interest to finish the Spasatel ekranoplanie.
From Wikipedia:
The unfinished Spasatel exists in an old industrial complex in Nizhny Novgorod as of 2020.[9]

Advocates, fans, and former employees of the plant are still working on the completion of the vehicle.[citation needed] It is very difficult to procure components and machinery, as this project is not supported by the Russian government, so the access and production of the Spasatel is very costly and labor intensive. The probability that the Spasatel will ever "fly" is very low. All employees of the Spasatel project work on a volunteer basis.

According to press reports in December 2017, the development of the Spasatel might be resumed, for use mainly in Arctic waters, with production beginning in 2025. According to Russian media, the project is included in the arms budget for the years 2018 to 2025.
(There are some linkies at the end of the article)

Of course, having heard and read of "interest to finish the second An-225" since I was a little Not_Karlie, my hopes on the completion of awesome Soviet projects is extremely low :cry: , especially in the case of something so different and fascinating as an ekanoplanie :cry: .

Maybe Comrade Snappy can share his thoughts.
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