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Zeppelins to roam Russia’s most isolated regions

Special design cargo airships are being allocated for the delivery of freights across isolated Russian regions.

Cargo airships of special design are planned for use in delivering various freights across Russia. The speed of these airborne vehicles can reach 280 miles per hour, and they can easily cover the distance between the Baltic Sea and the Pacific. These properties could help a few Russian regions overcome their isolation.

An airship assembly project in Omsk Region is scheduled to be considered at the upcoming meeting of the Military and Industrial Committee of the Russian government.

The project leaders are sure that Omsk holds everything necessary for a unique manufacturing site. Airborne vehicles and engines are manufactured there, as well as polymers, rubber and avionics. Above all, there are human resources in Omsk that are capable of bringing to life a new generation of cargo airship.

A couple of decades ago, when airship construction was high on the agenda in Russia, the state design bureau “Krylo” (“Wing”) was set up in Omsk to construct such vehicles. Hundreds of inventors, engineers and developers put their heads together to make the project happen.

The authorities allocated funds to finance the creation of a test model of the first Russian cargo airship, but a crisis impeded the project realization. The bureau was disbanded, but the work was carried on, and Omsk engineers managed to get over 200 patents for the airship key assembly units and elements. Now experts are ready to join the project.

“We have changed the cigar-shaped form of the vehicle and have worked out brand new systems of aerostatic lift and anti-icing regulation,” says Vyachslav Shalaev, director of the SibADI (Siberian State Automotive-Road Academy) innovation center.

The airframe and the shell of the airship are manufactured from carbon fiber and modern materials. Hydrogen has been replaced by an incombustible gas. A ballast-less system, modern power units, navigation controls and superior rocket technologies make this vehicle basically new.

These airships—essentially modern zeppelins—can perform long-haul flights from Kaliningrad to the Kuril Islands at various altitudes, at a speed of up to 280 miles per hour, in any weather, with any wind power, and all year round. 

2013-07-10, The Voice of Russia.


Keywords: aircrafts, Omsk Region, ship building, Russia, regions

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