5 pieces of Russian technology to make you rub your eyes in disbelief
The mere sight of military technology is often enough to instill fear, but some pieces of hardware have such an unconventional appearance that they cannot help but inspire curiosity and amazement. RBTH presents a selection of Russian craft and arms with an unusual look.
A whirling hovercraft: the Zubr amphibious assault boat
The Zubr is practically invisible when it is in motion, and it seems that only a rising wave is rushing to the shore. But all at once, with a terrible din, the largest and fastest amphibious assault craft in the world heavily climbs ashore. It is only then that you can see its enormous four propellers in circular fairings at the stern and its ‘skirt’ creating the hovering cushion thanks to which the boat ‘soars’ above the water.
The Zubr can transport heavy technology and troops and land them onto a shore without any special installations. A real all-terrain vehicle, it can also move not only on water but also on land and on ice, overcoming impediments of up to a meter and a half high.
Besides Russia, the Zubr is also used by the Greek armed forces.