IDEA

Our company develops and manufactures a new type of rapid marine transport – ekranoplans.

In cooperation with our customers and partners we are working on making this unique technical heritage of USSR to become a full-fledged vehicle and get its place in the world transport system.

Pavel Tsarapkin

Founder and CEO

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HISTORY

First ekranoplans were constructed in our city by the famous Russian designer and inventor, Rostislav Alexeyev, in 60s in the 20th century.

There were several generations of ekranoplans developed in his design department, subsequently they were constructed and successfully operated.

At that time the technology was intended for military purposes and was secret. In the end of his life and career Alexeyev tried to create an ekranoplan for passenger transportation but he did not manage to realize the idea.

Based on a rich scientific and technical groundwork, preserved in Nizhnyi Novgorod, we now strive to transform ekranoplans for commercial use in modern transportation industry.

TEAM

RDC Aqualines project work unites different avation and shipbuilding experts.

In addition to the company’s full-time employees, within the framework of this project we cooperate with a wide network of contractors and partners from scientific institutions and design offices, aviation building enterprises, with the experts from experimental aviation and professional test pilots.

The network approach to team building allows us to promptly involve the best competencies in different fields.

R&D

The team of RDC Aqualines design department and testing group develops technical appearance, hydro and aerodynamic scheme, ekranoplan control systems.

During the work on EP-15 project were built and tested:

  • series of towed models for tests in experimental tank and on open water;
  • radio-controlled models for water and snow/ice;
  • manned model – EP-2 ekranoplan;

Within the framework of R&D we cooperate with such leading profile institutions as Krylov Shipbuilding Research Institute and Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute.

MANUFACTIRING

The manufacturing site of the project is NPO Aerotechnologies situated in Nizhnyi Novgorod. The enterprise consolidates design office and aircraft building factory that has Industry and Trade Ministry License for aviation equipment development and AR IAC Certificate for approbation of manufacturing organization.

The manufacturing site of the project is NPO Aerotechnologies situated in Nizhnyi Novgorod. The enterprise consolidates design office and aircraft building factory that has Industry and Trade Ministry License for aviation equipment development and AR IAC Certificate for approbation of manufacturing organization. This site also implements programs for manufacturing of multi-purpose light-duty airplanes Discovery-201 and XL-2, and for the new generation high-speed hydrofoil crafts.