Project 1205 “Scat”

Project 1205 “Scat” (NATO classification – GUS-Class, “Goose”) — a series of Soviet high-speed hovercraft designed for amphibious landings on unequipped coasts. The first production hovercraft of its kind in the Soviet Navy. The project’s boats are designed to transport 40 troops.

The Soviet Navy was well aware of the advantage of hovercraft, because these ships could move on water and land, and doing so at high speed. Since the 30s, there have been projects to create such ships, but all of them never went into production. At the end of the 60s, the Ministry of the Navy gave the task of creating hovercraft to the design bureau of PKB Almaz.

After some research, the first ships went into production and entered combat duty in 1969. The chief designer was L.V. Ozimov. From the Navy side, Captain 2nd Rank V. A. Litvinenko observed the progress of the development and construction of the project boats.

Manufacturer: Приморский судостроительный завод + Судостроительный завод «Море» + Зеленодольский завод имени А. М. Горького (USSR)

In service: 1969—

Production: 29 built

Length: 21.4 m

Width: 7.3 m

Crew: 4 people

Engines: 2× GTU TVD-10M + 1× GTU TVD-10

Power: 2340 HP

Max speed: 49 knots

Range: 200 nautical miles

Displacement: 22 tons (standard)

Armament: 4× 30-mm grenade launcher BP-30 “Plamya” + 2× 7.62 mm PCT (Kalashnikov gun)

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