Source: “Russian newspaper”, dated from February 11, 2017.Author: Aleksey Ivanov.
Hydrofoil Design Bureau (Nizhny Novgorod) designed 54-tons passenger
ekranoplane “Chaika-2”, which will be serial built in the future.
Deputy General Director for marketing and foreign trade of Hydrofoil Design
Bureau, Sergey Korolev said about this at a press conference. According to him,
Hydrofoil Design Bureau will start the creation of the first sample after the
working out of technical project.
the first sample of ekranoplane “Ckaika-2”, was can see the demand for this
product, and then we can talk about the beginning of its serial building. I
think that it will be interesting for the Emergency Ministry as this transport
can be used for passenger transportation as well as a means of salvation
ensuring, - RIA News quotes Mr. Korolev.
Hydrofoil Design Bureau carries out the negotiation for the supply of
ekranoplane to Gazprom, Rosneft and Roscosmos, which can operate this transport
near the cosmodrome “Vostochny”. What is more, there are negotiations with
potential customers from abroad.
to Mr. Korolev, the price of the ekranoplane “Chaika-2” for the customers can
be the same as is the price of twin-engine turboprop aircrafts for local lines,
IL-114 or the passenger aircrafts for medium-hall airlines, IL-18.
in 2017 “R.E.Alexeev’s Hydrofoil Design Bureau” intends to complete the
building of the headmost river vessel “Valda 45R”. The launching, plant and sea
trials are planned in the summer. The experimental operation will be carried
out at one of the existing routes in central part of Russia.
information from “Russian newspaper”
ekranoplane is high-speed transport, vehicle, flying within the limints of
aerodynamic screen, i.e. on the relatively small (up to several meters)
altitude from the surface of water, land or ice. The wing area of the ekranoplane
is much smaller than the aircraft with the equal mass and speed.