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Military Hovercraft

Hovercrafts are used for many different activities from recreational use to the military.

Military and Rescue hovercraft are exceptionally suited to various tasks as they are not dependent on road conditions and can quickly move across the various terrains in pursuit of their goal.

Most military hovercraft however are amphibious air cushion vehicles, used for landing troops and equipment, rather than transport over land or water.
Many armed forces around the world now have military hovercraft in their arsenal.


US Vietnam Era SK5 Hovercraft

US Military LCAC

Project 1232.2 Zubr Pomornik class Amphibious landing craft

SRN6 Winchester Class Hovercraft


01/23/1991 - Navy A-6 Intruders disabled an al-Qaddisiya-class Iraqi tanker that had been collecting and reporting intelligence data (allied air activity over the northern Persian Gulf). The A-6s also attacked and sank a Winchester-class hovercraft (being refueled by the tanker) and a Zhuk inshore patrol boat.


U.S. Marine Corps: "Boats that fly" - Operation "Iraqi Freedom" proved the hovercraft's worth as military assault vehicles. (2003)
The U.S. and Malaysian Naval Forces training exercise in 1999 includes the use of LCAC - Air Cushion Landing Vehicles. Article by CARAT Task Force Public Affairs.
Jane's: "U.S. Navy and Marines expand their horizons" including the use of LCAC's. (2000)
Exercise "Tandem Thrust '97" sees the use of U.S. Navy air cushion vehicles. Article by Defense Link.
Analisa Defesa (Defense Analyst) (I) - Greece acquires Russian built Zubr-22 military hovercraft. (2001)


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