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DANGEROUS FLYING WARSHIP MADE IN RUSSIA AND WHY US WAS AFRAID OF IT

The Ekranoplan was a unique craft that flew like an airplane just above the surface of water. The Soviet Union was the only country to experiment with such a craft. Infact this vessel scared the US so much that the CIA developed an unmanned drone to spy on it.

Built in the mid-1960s during the height of the cold war, it was known as the “Caspian Sea Monster”. However only one Ekranoplan was ever made. The vessel had silos of anti-shipping missiles fixed to the back thus adding to its strange profile.

The Ekranoplan was the Soviet Union’s attempt to build a vessel capable of exploiting the wing in ground effect (WIG). As an aircraft flies closer to the ground, air pressure builds between the wing and the flat surface below. This creates a cushion of air beneath the plane. Meanwhile, the low altitude eliminates wingtip vortices, decreasing drag.

The vehicle is neither a plane nor a boat rather it was a hybrid version of an aircraft and ship. The vehicle doesn’t fly like an aircraft or move in water surfaces. It is a vehicle that drives above the air cushion just above the surface and this extra lift phenomenon is called the “ground effect” which makes aerodynamic interaction between wings and surface to achieve fast, stable, and low-level flight.

This formidable machine was even able to take off and land in stormy conditions, with waves of up to two metres. Its intended mission was to conduct lightning sea-borne attacks with the six anti-ship missiles it carried in launch tubes at the top of its hull

The vessel weighs 380 tons, has a 148-foot wingspan and can launch six anti-ship missiles from flight. The vehicle was equipped with six launchers along its spine that could fire nuclear missiles powerful enough to destroy ships and sink the largest ships, including U.S. Navy aircraft carriers.

The ekranoplan fame however ended when something terribly went wrong and after the collapse of the Soviet Union it ended up stranded off a beach where it languished in disrepair. Today the last known Ekranoplan is stuck in shallow waters off the coast of the Caspian Sea.

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