The hovercraft will be produced in China as Beijing government has recently agreed to observe previous licence agreement with Russia.
The Zubr-class (Project 1232.2, NATO reporting name "Pomornik") is a class of air-cushioned landing craft or
officially Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC).
This class of military hovercraft is, as of 2012, the world’s largest, with a standard full load displacement of 555 tons.
The hovercraft is designed to sealift amphibious assault units (such as marines and tanks) from equipped/non-equipped vessels to non-equipped shores, as well as transport and plant naval mines.
There are currently seven Zubr-class hovercraft in active service worldwide with several pending delivery. There are two vessels in service with the Russian Navy, one in service with the Ukrainian Navy, and four with the Hellenic Navy.
In 2009, China placed an order for four vessels from Ukraine as part of a deal worth 315 million USD.
Two updated versions of the vessels will be built at Crimea's Feodosia Shipbuilding Company followed by two advanced models of the surface warship.
The purchase of Kefallinia (L-180) for the Hellenic Navy marked the first time a Soviet-designed naval craft had been built from new for a NATO member.
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