|A-050 ekranoplan or ground effect vehicle|
A spokes-person from Alekseyev Central Hydrofoil Design Bureau based in Nizhny Novgorod in Russia said the A-050 has a maximum takeoff weight of 54 tons and a loading capacity of nine tons. It can carry up to 100 passengers.
With an effective range of 5,000 kilometers, the cruising speed of the A-050 ekranoplan, the most advanced version of the Lun-class ekranoplan is estimated at between 350 and 450 kilometers an hour. The ekranoplan may be fitted with a R-195 starting engines similar to those used by Su-25 bombers and TV7-117SM boosters on the Il-114.
Georgy Antsev, chair of the bureau, said in an earlier interview that the company is ready to design a prototype for the A-050. "The A-050 has very good aerodynamics and has been successfully tested in a wind tunnel and on hydraulic canals," Antsev said.
Developed as a combination of aircraft and ship, the ekranoplan is capable to move freely along a variety of routes.
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