USSR top secret

Top secret, forgotten cold war project left to rot somewhere in a Russian naval yard...
by Affliction 5 years ago (Feb 24, 2011) in Cool Stuff
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  • Affliction | 5 years ago | 41 points
    An %u201Cekranoplan%u201D literally %u201Cscreen plane%u201D is a vehicle resembling an aircraft, but operating solely on the principle of ground effect. Ground effect vehicles (GEV) fly above any flat surface, with the height above ground dependent upon the size of the vehicle. During the Cold War, ekranoplans were sighted for years on the Caspian Sea as huge, fast-moving objects. The name Caspian Sea Monster was given by U.S. intelligence operatives who had discovered the huge vehicle, which looked like an airplane with the outer halves of the wings removed. After the end of the Cold War, the %u201Cmonster%u201D was revealed to be one of several Russian military designs meant to fly only a few meters above water, saving energy and staying below enemy radar. The KM, as the Caspian Sea Monster was known in the top secret Soviet military development program, was over 100 m long (330 ft), weighed 540 tonnes fully loaded, and could travel over 400 km/h (250 mi/h), mere meters above the surface of the water. The important design principle is that wing lift is reduced as operating altitude of the ekranoplan is increased (see ground effect). Thus it is dynamically stable in the vertical dimension. Once moving at speed, the ekranoplan was no longer in contact with the water, and could move over ice, snow, or level land with equal ease. These craft were originally developed by the Soviet Union as very high-speed (several hundred km/hour) military transports, and were mostly based on the shores of the Caspian Sea and Black Sea. The largest could transport over 100 tonnes of cargo. The development of ekranoplans was supported by Dmitri Ustinov, Minister of Defence of USSR. About 120 ekranoplans (A-90 Orlyonok class) were initially planned to enter military service in the Soviet Navy. The figure was later reduced to less than thirty vehicles, planned to be deployed mainly for the Black and the Baltic Soviet navies. Marshal Ustinov died in 1985, and the new Minister of Defence Marshal Sokolov effectively ceased the funding for the program. The only three operational A-90 Orlyonok ekranoplans built (with renewed hull design) and one Lun-class ekranoplan remained at a naval base near Kaspiysk.
  • VamPeru | 5 years ago | 15 points…
    • Affliction | 5 years ago | 1 point
      Haha! good Metal Slug reference, my favorite game series of all time.
  • scorpionking | 5 years ago | 11 points
    later used to train Polish paratroopers
  • ImAlwaysTheAngel | 5 years ago | 8 points
    Such a waste... awesome find
  • deleted | 5 years ago | 7 points
    but can you fish off it......
  • FieldMedic72 | 5 years ago | 4 points
    must have cost a shitload of roubles
  • lukethighwalker | 5 years ago | 4 points
    Anyone else thinking of the Spruce Goose?
  • deleted | 5 years ago | 4 points
    H666 needs more posts like this.
    • smurfspunk | 5 years ago | 3 points 'em!
  • Jfritz | 5 years ago | 3 points
    In Soviet Russia even our boats fly.
    • MrSworld | 5 years ago | 3 points
      In Soviet Russia boats fly you!
  • jamstermedia | 5 years ago | 3 points
    Little known Secret it can run on VODKA and has an inboard Tap right from the fuel pod..
    • deleted | 5 years ago | 2 points
      If it did indeed have a tap from the fuel pod, they would never get anywhere.
      • LucifersLt | 5 years ago | 2 points
        LOL, thats probably why this thing rarely flew!
  • flymsy | 5 years ago | 3 points
    god forbid there was a buoy in its path
  • WarLord | 5 years ago | 2 points
    Well russia seem to suck at keeping things TOP SECRET either that or you are the best spy in the world
  • octomedico | 5 years ago | 2 points
    five starts and fav. for this awesome find!
  • deleted | 5 years ago | 2 points
    I wonder if the tubes on top are to launch missiles out of.
  • hh666 | 5 years ago | 2 points
    I miss the creativity of the cold war!
  • Affliction | 5 years ago | 2 points
    I don't know who's the ass who negged everyone in this topic but I fixed it and 1 everyone in here!
    • deleted | 5 years ago -5 points
      Strange you left this comment the same time everyone got negged.
      • Affliction | 5 years ago | 6 points
        Ok... Look you only been here for two fucking days and you trying to start shit, you know what you can go fuck yourself. Before trying to look like a PIMP try to upload shit and then, maybe I'm going to take you seriously, if not you can just shut your mouth and look at the pretty pictures you fag.
        • deleted | 5 years ago | -3 points
          Shut the fuck up you little cunt. I've been around here a lot longer than you think you little suck ass fucking puke. No one here needs you to brag your little vagina off about fixing stupid negs.'re the little plus fairy now? get on your knees with your plusses and I'll take YOU seriously you little fucking cum whore.
          • deleted | 5 years ago | 3 points
            wow this is very tiring old man. yes i'm young but i have done a lot more shit in life. and i'm guessing you neg everyone here just so you can prove that you can phantom neg every one on here and then you say it wasn't me it was the metal head Affliction. so why don't you go on to practice your sick fetishes like necrophilia, coprophilia, pedophilia... and you've only been here 3 days and your one cunt hair from hillbilly hell. so just shut the fuck up already. and you sound a lot younger than 51 years old.
            • deleted | 5 years ago 0 points
              You need burped again or are you done?
              • deleted | 5 years ago | 1 point
                what? speak english who write whole sentences so i can understand what your saying cunt
                • deleted | 5 years ago -2 points
                  You know exactly what I'm talking about you little crybaby. You're momma should have swallowed the niggers load that made you. I've seen more than enough of you little noob fucks on this site that pop off out of turn and then act like you have something to say. You don't know shit about shit you little fucking waste of space, so piss off and go back to sucking your grandma's smelly old prosthetic penis.
                  • deleted | 5 years ago | 1 point
                    i see. you been here a week i been here 2 months. i have been checking this site for about 3 years. but sorry i have been through a lot more in life than you had. from what i know is my mom hates niggers. wait are you a nigger?
                    • deleted | 5 years ago -1 point
                      Go away already you little crybaby. You don't contribute shit to this site anyways, in fact, I've contributed more in one week than you will ever contribute here. Oh...go ahead and neg me with your other account too while you're at it.
                      • deleted | 5 years ago 0 points
                        what other fucking account. i dont fucking negg any one. you keep changing your age 1 day your this then another day your older. i dont fucking cry. i swear go fuck your cunt whore sister for me. i have no time for this shit. i get it you hate me. well *applauds* congrats cunt
          • DethamphetaminE | 5 years ago | 2 points
            zzz... is preschool over yet?
            • deleted | 5 years ago -1 point
              shut up :^(
              • deleted | 5 years ago | 2 points
                case in point. you can't be 51. you make little faces to express yourself. zzzzz...... i'm getting sleepy on your lost cause. wake me up when your done
  • mssambora666 | 5 years ago | 2 points
    plus to u affliction .. strangely i enjoy these snippets of education mixed in between the porn & gore