Sample of WIG “Orion 20” will be created in 2016
Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation finances developmental work (ROC) to create sea skimmer “Orion-20M”.
“Sea skimmer construction Association “Orion” by the state contract with the Ministry of Industry of Russia will create by the end of 2016 an experimental model of WIG “Orion-20M,” Director of Sea skimmer Association “Orion” Yuri Varakosov told Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.
According to him, in the first stage, an experimental sample is creating, the next step, if the Ministry of Industry decide to continue work on this topic will be the R&D to create a prototype of WIG with carrying out the required volume of interdepartmental tests.
Experimental model of WIG “Orion 20” will have a takeoff weight of 14.5 tons. It is planned to install modern engines and avionics on it. WIG craft can carry up to 30 people or 4.5 tonnes of various cargoes.