Forgotten projects: shock-winged missile, created in the USSR
The Forgotten • Projects: shock-winged missile, created in the USSR
After the collapse of the USSR unfinished or closed were many interesting and innovative projects. One of them - a shock-winged missile, a rocket which was enough to send the water craft of any type.
In 1987, the first 350-ton hammer-winged bomber was built, named "Lun" or the "Project 903". This 74-meter-long boat was powered by eight turbojet engines and can reach speeds of 500 km / h. He was armed with six cruise missiles "Mosquito", hit one of which was enough to sink a vessel of any type and size. Total plans to build eight of these WIG, but due to the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the USSR, the project was canceled.
350 tons of power
This type of ship used during the flight of the so-called ground effect - extra lift that occurred in the time of flight at low altitude (about 3 meters) above the water or solid surface. During tests it appeared that WIG craft can perform stable takeoff and landing at 5-meter wave.
Equipped with 8 turbo-jet engines
Initially, these "flying ships" have been developed in the Soviet Union as a high-speed military transport and was used mainly in the Caspian and Black Seas. Unfortunately, to this day, very few survived WIG.
It is armed with six cruise missiles
Shortly after the successful test of WIG-missile designers have appeared interesting project - a giant winged aircraft carrier. Today are preserved some of the sketches and drawings of the project, thanks to which you can see his rough appearance.
winged aircraft carrier
As clearly seen on the runway on the deck like winged had to act as aviamatki for small planes. Soviet engineers repelled by the thought that modern aircraft carriers too slow. In contrast, WIG aircraft carriers would be able to as soon as possible to deliver the air group to any location around the world's oceans.
The winged fighters on board
Now no one can say why this idea was not further developed. Perhaps the designers thought that WIG fighters on board would have been too dangerous to use. But the more likely reason seems excessively high cost of the project. In any case, if such a device was created, it would have been a technological breakthrough.
Summed up the excessive high cost of the project