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The Concept Of The Future Fleet
Ekranoplan is a high-speed transport vehicle flying within the limits of the aerodynamic envelope, at a relatively low altitude (a few metres) above water, ground, snow or ice. The ekranoplan is much smaller than an aeroplane with comparable mass and wing area. According to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) classification it is considered a sea-going vessel.
- The 97,000 ton Nimitz-class ship has landed in the Solent this morning ahead of a two-week training exercise
- The huge aircraft carrier will be the base for the Exercise Saxon Warrior 2017 between the UK and the USA
- Thousands of personnel will train together to establish how to tackle challenging maritime obstacles
- The supercarrier has been deployed in operation Inherent Resolve, the fight against ISIS, for several months
As the condition of conducting amphibious operations is the conquest of the air and sea superiority in the landing area, assault ekranoplans do not require heavy armament. The need to lay down suppressive fire on the beaches can be satisfied by Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS). Given the likely volume of fire missions it is best to have on board 12 220mm rockets or 40 122mm rockets. With this equipment, the possible number of troops on board the ekranoplan of two to three hundred tonnes of displacement can be estimated at one company of infantry with standard weapons and equipment.