River motor ships "Meteor" appeared during the Soviet Union and were used as river transport. In total, about 400 motor ships of this series were produced. Many of these vessels are still in service today. More recently, a new, already Russian "Meteor" was launched. It's time to get to know the descendant of the legend better.
The new model is called "Meteor 120R" and is a direct descendant of the Soviet hydrofoil ships of the same name. As before, "Meteor" is positioned as a river vehicle. The new model was first shown to the general public back in June this year. Demonstrated the ship at the International Naval Show. The development of the novelty was carried out by the Central Design Bureau for SEC them. R. E. Alekseeva in Nizhny Novgorod. The first working copy was launched in August 2021.
The main customer of the new Meteor was the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia. The ship was designed and launched into series as part of the state campaign for the development of river shipbuilding. Within the framework of the same program, vessels are being developed for the operation and development of offshore oil and gas fields. There are programs since 2019. It was then that the new Meteor won the state competition.
The cost of one Meteor 120R for the customer is 590.5 million rubles. Severrechflot became the owner of the first vessel. It will be used on the rivers of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug. It is assumed that gradually "120R" will replace the old Soviet "Meteora", whose age has already passed the mark of 30 years. The motor ships, as before, will be carried exclusively by passengers. The next car will be assembled only at the beginning of 2022.
The new hydrofoil has a sleek and sophisticated design. The Meteor is 34.4 meters long. Width - 9.2 meters. The draft of the vessel is 2.5 meters. The displacement of the ship is 68 tons. Up to 120 people can be on board as passengers. The crew is 4 people. With a cruising range of 600 km and an autonomous sailing duration of 8 hours, a river vessel can accelerate to 65 km / h.
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