The world’s first hybrid “aeroboat” has been built by an Indo-Russian joint venture was unveiled in Moscow on 6th of June.
It is capable of travelling on land, water, snow and sand.It is a start-ups event organised by Russia’s state-run Skolkovo Foundation.
- Theaeroboat is designed to access difficult terrain, such as flooded or marshy areas where the use of regular boats is made impossible because of shallow water, patches of dry land or by marine vegetation.
- It has been designed by IIAAT Holding. It is a joint venture between the International Institute for Advanced Aerospace Technologies and Indian firm Millennium Aerodynamics.
- It is organized by the Russia’s biggest innovation fund the Skolkovo Foundation.
- These are much faster and more robust than the comparable hovercrafts.
- Hovercrafts on an average move at around 45-50 km per hour on water while aeroboats are capable of going at around 150 km or more.
- TheAeroboat is more robust than hovercrafts.
- Its maintenance costs are $400-$600 per year and are cheaper to maintain and fuel.
- Hovercrafts work on static air-cushion whereas aeroboats work on dynamic air-cushion.
- The aeroboat is designed to access difficult terrain, such as flooded or marshy areas.
- Hovercrafts work on static air-cushion, whereas aeroboats work on dynamic air-cushion.
- The 6.5-metre-long aeroboat can handle steep slopes and embankments, and does not require any marine infrastructure
- Capital: Moscow
- Currency: Russian ruble
- President: Vladimir Putin