Russian Baltic Fleet hovercraft land Marines onto rough terrain in amphibious drills

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Russian Baltic Fleet hovercraft land Marines onto rough terrain in amphibious drills
 
Russian Baltic Fleet Project 21820 Dyugon-class hovercraft have practiced landing Marines and their military hardware onto rough terrain in an exercise, fleet spokesman Roman Martov said.
     
Project 21820 Dyugon class hovercraftProject 21820 Dyugon-class hovercraft
     
"The crews of the hovercraft Denis Davydov, Lieutenant Rimsky-Korsakov and Midshipman Lermontov took aboard Marines and their BTR-82A armored personnel carriers and then deployed and landed them onto a Baltic Sea rough coast at the fleet’s Khmelevka training range in the Kaliningrad Region [in west Russia]," Martov said.

The boats fired large-caliber machineguns on surface and aerial targets during their sea passage.

According to Martov, the advanced high-speed landing boats Denis Davydov, Lieutenant Rimsky-Korsakov and Midshipman Lermontov joined the Baltic Fleet in 2015.

The advanced Project 21820 landing boat has an under-the-bottom air cushion that makes it high-speed.
     
Project 11770 Serna class landing craftProject 11770 Serna-class craft
     
The Project 21820 landing boat derives from the Project 11770 Serna-class craft, features unique characteristics and has no equal in the world.

The boat is designed to quickly deploy and land units and wheeled and tracked military hardware onto rough terrain.

The Project 21820 landing boat has a displacement of 280 tons, a length of 45 meters, a width of 8.6 meters, a draught of 2.2 meters and a speed of more than 35 knots when the wave height is 0.75 meters.

The boat is equipped with two M507A-2D diesel engines with a total capacity of 18,000 hp with two fixed pitch propellers.

The boat has a cargo-carrying capacity of 120-140 tons to transport two main battle tanks or three or four armored vehicles of another type and up to 100 Marines with their organic weapons.

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