Rosoboronexport to supply to China Zubr landing craft ordered in Ukraine

The Morye shipyard that designed these Zubr vessels is a Russian plant, so the task is to fulfill this contract signed between Ukraine and China, Rosoboronexport deputy CEO Igor Sevastyanov explains

ST. PETERSBURG, July 3. /TASS/. Russia’s arms exporter Rosoboronexport intends to fulfill the contract on the supply of the Zubr landing ships to China, Rosoboronexport deputy CEO Igor Sevastyanov told reporters on Friday at the International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS-2015) in St. Petersburg.

“The Morye shipyard that designed these Zubr vessels is a Russian plant, so, naturally, the task is to fulfill this contract — the contract that had been signed between Ukraine and the People’s Republic of China,” Sevastyanov said.

Shipyard Morye specializes in the production of high-speed dynamically supported vessels (hydrofoils, hovercrafts, vessels with air-cavities), boats, pleasure yachts and boats with hull made of aluminium-magnesium alloy.

In 2009, Ukraine and China signed an agreement on the supply of four Bizon air-cushioned landing craft (Ukrainian version of the Zubr class ship of the Soviet Project 12322). Two vessels have been delivered to China, and another two were to be built in China with the participation of Ukrainian specialists, according to the contract. In 2014, Crimea where the Morye shipyard is located became part of Russia.

The Zubr class vessels are the world’s largest air-cushioned landing craft.

The Zubr-class landing craft has a cargo area of 400 square meters (4,300 sq ft) and a fuel capacity of 56 tons. It can carry three main battle tanks (up to 150 tons), or ten armored vehicles with 140 troops (up to 131 tons), or 8 armored personnel carriers of total mass up to 115 tons, or 8 amphibious tanks or up to 500 troops (with 360 troops in the cargo compartment).

At full displacement the ship is capable of negotiating up to 5-degree gradients on non-equipped shores and 1.6m-high vertical walls. The Zubr remains seaworthy in conditions up to Sea State 4. The vessel has a cruising speed of 30-40 knots.

The development of the Zubr landing craft started in the former Soviet Union in 1978, and the first serial ship joined the Soviet Navy in 1988. There were nine vessels of this class in active service around the world used by Russia, Ukraine and Greece. When Greece purchased four Zubr class hovercraft, it was the first time a Russian-built ship was owned by the Navy of a NATO member.

Russian Baltic Fleet marines perform naval landing from world’s biggest hovercraft

The landing was a part of a military drill

“The crew of The Yevgeniy Koshechkov, the world’s biggest aircushion amphibious ship has successfully performed the tactical assignment to establish a party of marines on an unimproved beach near the Kmelyovka testing range,” he said

The ship’s artillery simulated bringing down an aerial attack vehicle and an onshore battery of the simulated enemy and cut up a corridor for the marines. The landing party got to the shore on BTR-82A armored personnel carriers where it drilled a breaking through the defense lines of the simulated enemy, Capt. Matveyev said.

The Yevgeny Koshechkov and its twin, The Mordovia, belong to The Zubr family of ships and are the largest operational aircushion amphibious ships. They can move on land surface and swamps and drop landing parties deep inside the enemy defenses.

Russia to resume construction of small landing craft with air cushion of “Zubr” type


Russia will resume construction of small amphibious hovercraft of project 12322, the delegation of “Izumrud” (part of “Morinforsist-Agate”) said on Wednesday at the 13th International Exhibition of aerospace and naval industry “LIMA-2015″.
“We have received a preliminary application for the creation of seven sets of multi-function integrated fire-control radar “Bagira-M”, intended for these vehicles,” the source said.

Building of Ships “Zubr” For Russian Navy to Be Resumed in Feodosiya

,  25.11.2014


Construction of landing crafts with air cushion of the project “Zubr” may be renewed on the basis of the shipyard “More” in Feodosia, the Minister of Industrial Policy of the Republic of Crimea Andrey Skrynnik said on Monday.

Ships of the series “Zubr” since Soviet-era were made only in Feodosia and at CMKB “Almaz” (St. Petersburg). They are designed for landing on unequipped coast and fire support. The ship is capable of carrying three main tanks weighing up to 150 tons, or 10 armored vehicles and 140 marines.

In Crimea there are six industrial and three scientific institutions related to the defense sector. Near Sevastopol there are 11 such industrial enterprises. They will all be re-registered by the end of this year, the minister said. Along with getting a license, it will allow the defense plants and shipyards of Crimea to independently carry out military and civil orders.