Return of the WIG

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    The last time any major navy considered using WIG was the soviet navy, but in recent times, reports have emerged of both Russia and the united states developing new massive versions of these craft , these craft have the potential to change amphibious landings forever, delivering huge military sealift payloads at airlift speeds .


    The soviet WIG's
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    These craft were originally developed by the Soviet Union as very high-speed military transports, and were based mostly on the shores of the Caspian Sea and Black Sea. The largest had max take-off weight over 544 tonnes. The development of ekranoplans was supported by Dmitri Ustinov, Minister of Defence of the 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 fewer 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 stopped 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.

    The new Russian ekranoplans
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    a Beriev concept for a 1,000 ton payload wing-in-ground (WIG) effect vehicle is a concept in search of funding. It is an innovative concept which is comparable to the new Boeing PELICAN WIG. A Beriev official said the company welcomes foreign investment to bring this concept to life.

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    Just thinking of one thing 1.5 million pounds equates to nearly 7500 passengers per plane(200pounds per passenger), that would make air travel dirt cheap.
     

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