Huge hovercraft visits a busy beach

sw reports

A huge military hovercraft has made an unexpected landing on a packed beach in Russia.

Hundreds of people were sunbathing on the beach when the vessel powered towards them.

No one was injured, although witnesses said beachgoers were surrounded by paratroopers and asked to move on.

A spokesman for the Russian defence ministry told local newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that the hovercraft was on a tactical mission in an area owned by the military.

“Docking at the beach … is a normal event,” a spokesman was quoted as saying. “What people were doing at the beach on the territory of a military (base) is unclear.”

However, the newspaper said the base the ministry was referring to was in Khmelevka, several kilometres away.

The hovercraft is believed to have been one of the Russian Navy’s Zubr-type crafts, which are built in St Petersburg and can travel at speeds of up to 60 knots (110kmh, 68mph).

They weigh around 550 tonnes and measure nearly 60 metres in length.

The vessels carry up to 500 troops and can be fitted with missile launchers, automatic gun mounts and equipment to lay mines.


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  • BobaJob

    Oh those Russians!

    • Michael

      Oh those crazy Russians!

      • Roland

        Crazy Ivan

  • Jman

    That thing looks badass

  • GregM

    The Russians have always been good at making big grunty machines. Awesome.

    • Bafacu

      Yeah the Lada was one of the finest!

      • Stuarts.burgers

        No blame the Italians it was just a Fiat with a cute name

      • GregM

        Nah I had one of those Niva 4WD’s back in the early 90’s, it was actually a bloody good 4WD.

  • Col

    Shearers new snapper fishing boat?

  • I’m Right

    If this was on a NZ beach, Greens would demand an inquiry, Labour would demand the minister of transport/defence/environment resign and all the beach goers would be offered counselling plus local Maori would be up in arms as they were not ‘paid’ for the privilege of it using their beach…go the Russians :)