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Lebed class LCAC

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Name  Lebed class LCAC
Built  1972–1985
Completed  20
Succeeded by  Tsaplya class LCAC
In commission  1972–
Lebed-class LCAC
Operators  Soviet Navy  Russian Navy

The Kalmar class (Project 1206, NATO reporting name Lebed) are a class of medium-sized assault hovercraft designed for the Soviet Navy. The few remaining craft are operated by the Russian Navy.

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Designed by the design bureau wing of Almaz shipbuilding company early in the 1970s, production started in 1972 and continued until 1985 in plants at Leningrad and Theodosia.

Configuration

The Lebed class is the Russian Navy equivalent to the U.S. Navy LCAC, though the U.S. version entered service seven years later. The Lebed class entered service in 1975, and by the early 1990s twenty had been produced. The ship has a bow ramp with a gun on the starboard side and the bridge to port. The Lebed class can be carried by the Ivan Rogov-class landing ship. The type began to be withdrawn following the fall of the Soviet Union, and by 2004 only three remained. Number 533 is in the Northern Fleet, while 639 and 640 took part in the Caspian Sea exercises of 2002.

Capacity

Each hovercraft can carry up to 40 tons of cargo.

Registry

  • 533
  • 639
  • 640
  • In popular culture

    Lebed-class hovercrafts were featured in the 1986 Tom Clancy novel Red Storm Rising. In the novel, four Lebeds were used to carry military personnel and equipment from the disguised barge carrier MV Yulius Fuchik to Iceland in a daring raid.

    References

    Lebed-class LCAC Wikipedia


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