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Russian Navy Rejects Project 12322 Zubr Air-Cushion Landing Ships.


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World Naval Forces News - Russia
 
 
 
Russian Navy Rejects Project 12322 Zubr Air-Cushion Landing Ships
 
Russian Navy command made a decision not to purchase Project 12322 Zubr small-size air-cushion landing ships, reports Izvestiya referring to a source in Navy Main HQ.

Instead, it is planned to build new dynamic and static buoyancy boats which will be based on various landing ships including Mistral-class helicopter carriers.
     
Russian Navy command made a decision not to purchase Project 12322 Zubr small-size air-cushion landing ships, reports Izvestiya referring to a source in Navy Main HQ.
Zubr class (Project 1232.2 class, NATO reporting name Pomornik) Air-cushioned landing craft
(picture: US Navy)

     
Development of Zubr small-size air-cushion landing ships started in the USSR in 1978, and the first serial ship joined Soviet Navy in 1988. Its carrying capacity is 3 main battle tanks with overall mass of 150 tons or 10 armored personnel carriers weighing up to 131 tons plus 140 marines, or 8 infantry fighting vehicles with mass up to 115 tons. Instead of armor, Zubr is capable to accommodate other 366 men.

In total, 14 Zubr-class ships had been launched; only two of them remained in inventory of Russian Navy. Five ships were utilized, two – uncompleted, and five – sold to Greece where they are currently used as tourist craft.
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