ZiL 2906

Rare vehicles. All-wheel drive special equipment: the screw-propelled ZiL 2906 (auger-powered cross-country vehicle). Years of production – 1980 – 1991. Only 20 copies made.

ZiL museum, Moscow

The ZIL-2906 is a screw-driven amphibious craft manufactured in Soviet Union from 1975 to 1979 by ZiL. The ZIL-2906 was produced from July 1975 to 1979. In 1980, it was succeeded by the ZIL-29061, produced until 1991.

These vehicles are notable for being Screw-propelled vehicles (in Russian: шнекоход), allowing it to traverse inhospitable terrains. The vehicle was designed to recover re-entered Soyuz space capsules from difficult terrain.

The ZIL-2906 was carried on the back of a ZIL-4906 (which had a top speed of 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph)) until it reached terrain impassable for the latter, such as conventional asphalt roads. At this point the ZIL-2906 would be unloaded and resume the search.

Rare vehicles. All-wheel drive special equipment: the screw-propelled ZiL 2906

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