25 Awesome Soviet Ekranoplan Aircraft Carrier Project

Awesome Soviet Ekranoplan Aircraft Carrier Project

Posted on October 23, 2015 by tim

If you are a constant visitor to this site, I believe you already know about Ekranoplans – unique Soviet semi-boats semi-jets which could glide at very low altitudes above the sea and very quickly move troops or equipment or passengers this way. Sadly, not many of them survived and they didn’t go into mass production. However, here is one more interesting project – a researcher tried to re-invent a Soviet idea – a giant Ekranoplan that could carry.. other aircraft, like the aircraft carrying ships of present. Let’s take a look!

This is how it was supposed to look. This way it could be a sort of a mothership for many other smaller planes.

Unlike modern aircraft carriers, which are slow and very massive, the Soviet Ekranoplan Aircraft Carrier could be very fast and mobile. It could deliver a dozen or more jets to any place in the world by ocean very quickly.

It’s hard to say why they didn’t continue with this idea – maybe it was too dangerous, like the TU-144 passenger jet plane – or maybe it was just too expensive to continue the research.

However, these photos show it could be an awesome technological advancement for the use of Army and Navy.


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25 Responses to “Awesome Soviet Ekranoplan Aircraft Carrier Project”

  1. Darkness99 says:

    And another fanboy art. The engines in front will blow and burn everything from the flight deck. And these Cessna looking baybyplanes are way too small for military use)

    • Chris says:

      You seem scared.

    • nikoliy says:

      The way an ekranoplan works is the front engines blow air under the front leading edge. This way you create a high pressure area under the wing/fuselage. So it wont blow over anything up top.
      You are right however that this is not a real model. Anyone who has been on a ship at 30-35kn will tell you it is very hard to walk on top of the ship with that much wind. At 150-250kn you would not be able to have any equipment on top of that, making an aircraft/helicopter carrier impossible.
      Someone is just having fun with splicing some 3d models together…

      • AB says:

        i thought they increased the air speed OVER the wing thus creating a low pressure zone (higher velocity = lower pressure) ie increased lift?



        • nikoliy says:

          The ground effect vehicles us the high pressure created between the wing and the water/ground. A light GEV like the the A-90 needs only the main turboprop and the body to be designed to lift out of the water. On a big GEV like the KM(Caspian Sea Monster) they found it was more efficient to have two sets of engines. One set up front would assist during takeoff by forcing air under the wing. Once out of the water the aft engines were all that was needed for flight and the front engines powered down.

          I see by you picture that the aircraft could be hidden but take a look at a US carrier. Next to the island it has tons of equipment that is required for servicing aircraft. I just don’t see it being practical dragging all that stuff up and down… Just a personal opinion.

      • David says:

        The front engines blow air OVER the leading edge!! The faster moving air creates a LOW pressure area! Please get your Bernoulli Principle straight — you’re 180 degrees off on this one.

  2. Sukhoi lover says:

    If you have seen F14 tomcat then you know, from where inspiration for this jet came from

    • [peouquieu] says:

      - General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
      – Grumman F-14 Tomcat
      – Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23
      – Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-27
      – Panavia Tornado
      – Rockwell B-1 Lancer
      – Sukhoi Su-17, 20 & 22
      – Sukhoi Su-24
      – Tupolev Tu-22M
      – Tupolev Tu-160

  3. Curtis Turchak says:

    Very good job on the graphics, just need to come up with a better design. The complement of two aircraft are not only getting blasted by the front engine exhaust they then have to take off with an extreme tailwind.

  4. m_ says:

    F-14 wannabe?

  5. Lucas says:

    A (modern) flight deck can be up to 10cm thick and is made of steel! It weights tons! Plus all the airplanes and all the fuel and ammunition this ekranoplan needs to transport for itself and for the airplanes on board! It will be way too heavy to generate enough lift with just 8 engines!

    Not to mention, an ekranoplan needs long wings which are not wide to function. This concept has a wing design which is used by fighter jets, which will not take a enough advantage of the “ground effect” for the ekranoplan to take off.
    Also, an ekranoplan needs a big wing on the tail (stabilizer) to stabalize itself in flight. This conept has no tailwing.

    I like concepts, but in my opinion they have to be backup up by some research in it and they have to be based on reality, otherwise it is just a sketch…

  6. chill out guys it says in the intro “However, here is one more interesting project – a researcher tried to re-invent a Soviet idea -“. its just a graphic artist though, not a researcher.


  7. Tshuhna says:

    10 engines. Crazy idea.

  8. David says:

    Incredible concept, needs to be in the next Red Alert game

  9. Darius says:

    Nice rendering. BTW two strange things in two pictures. Page 6, bottom picture – a blue jet fighter is parked in the water next to this ekranoplan?
    Page seven, bottom picture – wasen’t the big antenna on the left side of the ekranoplan? :) Plus yea, the “ships” name is misspelled :)

    But else, it looks bad ass! I also think this must be in the next Red Alert! :)

  10. Dan says:

    An aircraft carrier requires, above all, the capability of remaining on station for a long period of time. It has to carry all the fuel, munitions, accommodation for a large crew to sustain operations. It has to be able to defend itself in place while conducting operations. Otherwise there is no point.
    An ekranoplane carrier could conduct a single strike and then would have to run for it’s life!

  11. Maurizio says:

    The wing and the winglets is a F-14 but this ideas (giant Ekranoplan that could carry other aircraft) is a ideas of Roberto Bartini.

  12. AFK says:

    “ukhoi lover says: October 24, 2015 at 2:24 am
    If you have seen F14 tomcat then you know, from where inspiration for this jet came from”

    Or a Sukhoi SU24 Fencer for that matter, Sukhoi lover.

    The idea came from a story by Charlie Stross called Missile Gap.
    The ship travels for 5 years on an infinite ocean. Google it.

    As for the engines blowing everything off the flight deck… dont have them turned on when launching planes??
    or have the planes physically attached on rails, and then release the landing gear so the plane can launch easily.


    Land the planes on the water like a SeaDart and lift them aboard would be safer than attempting landing on deck.

    The swingwings are purely for coolness

    i fixed the spelling of the name, adding the b.

  13. TysonZA says:

    Seems very reliant on smooth waters, what would happen if say a rogue wave came up or perhaps it hit a storm. Perhaps they should have tried to copy the Helicarrier from Avengers, now that would have been cool!!!

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