USSR’s distinctive Cold War-era flying ship ‘Caspian Sea Monster’ to change into essential star of army theme park in Russia (VIDEO)

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A one-of-a-kind and bizarre-looking ekranoplan automobile, which seems like a aircraft however is definitely a army tremendous ship, has arrived within the metropolis of Derbent on the Caspian Sea the place it will likely be the spotlight of Patriot Park.

Built within the Soviet Union in 1986, 903 Lun turned the primary and solely missile-carrying ekranoplan on the earth. It joined the Caspian Flotilla within the early 1990s and remained in service for a decade.

The 74-meter automobile used the elevate generated by the bottom impact of its big wings to fly a number of meters above the water floor. Despite intently resembling a aircraft, Lun was categorised as a ship by the International Maritime Organization, similar to different floor impact autos.

The excessive velocity of as much as 297 knots (550km/h) and low visibility to radars made the ekranoplan a significant menace to plane carriers, which it might approach at shut distance – with out being detected – to fireside its missiles.

Meanwhile, Lun’s large measurement and unconventional seems prompted the nickname of the ‘Caspian Sea Monster’ within the media.

For years, the technical marvel remained saved at a naval base in Kaspiysk in Russia’s Republic of Dagestan, however it was just lately determined it ought to be shared with the general public on the army themed Patriot Park within the close by metropolis of Derbent.

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The ekranoplan would be the “highlight” of the park’s exposition of army {hardware}, the Defense Ministry stated.

Lun, which is unable to fly anymore, was towed to Derbent through the Caspian Sea in a singular operation which lasted 14 hours.

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