Czilim-class hovercraft

The Czilim-class ACV (Project 20910) is a small patrol hovercraft operated by the Border Guard Service of Russia.

Class overview
BuildersYaroslavskij Sudostroiteinyj Zawod
OperatorsEnsign of the Russian Border Guard Border Guard Service of Russia
Built1997–1998
In commission2001–Unknown
Completed4
Retired4
General characteristics
TypeHovercraft
Displacement8.6 long tons (9 t) full load
Length12 m (39 ft 4 in)
Beam5.8 m (19 ft 0 in)
Propulsion
Speed40 knots (74 km/h; 46 mph)
Range300 mi (480 km) at 30 kn (56 km/h)
Capacity6 Border Guards with equipment
Crew2
Sensors and
processing systems
I band navigation radar
Armament

ConfigurationEdit

The Czilim class is the first new class of military hovercraft developed for the Russian military since the fall of the Soviet Union. It is based on an Almaz design and was ordered from Jaroslawski Sudostroiteinyj Zawod in the late 1990s. It is roughly the same size as the British SR.N6 hovercraft.

The Czilim class was designed for border patrol duties on the Amur River on the border with China, and is expected to be used entirely by Russian Border Guards. It is intended as a smaller replacement for the Soviet Gus-class LCAC. The first craft was laid down on 24 February 1998 and entered service in early 2001. Three further craft were built at Yaroslavl between 1997 and 1999. Four were in service in 2004, though none are believed to be currently operational.

The Czilim class is capable of carrying six Border Guards and their equipment.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Saunders, Stephen. Jane's Fighting Ships, 2003-2004. Jane's Information Group. ISBN 0-7106-2546-4.
  • All Czilim class ACV - Complete Ship List