Gus-class LCAC

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Class overview
Operators:  Soviet Navy
Succeeded by: Tsaplya-class Lebed-class LCAC
Built: 1969–1974
In commission: 1969–1990s
Completed: 32
Scrapped: 32
General characteristics
Type: Landing Craft Air Cushion
Displacement: 27 long tons (27 t)
Length: 21.4 m (70 ft 3 in)
Beam: 7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)
Speed: 60 knots (110 km/h; 69 mph)
  • 230 nmi (430 km; 260 mi) at 43 kn (80 km/h; 49 mph)
  • 185 nmi (343 km; 213 mi) at 50 kn (93 km/h; 58 mph)
Troops: 25 assault troops with equipment
Complement: 6
Armament: None

The Gus-class LCAC was a medium-sized assault hovercraft operated by the Soviet Navy from 1969 until the early 1990s.


The Gus class was a military version of the Soviet Skate class 50 passenger hovercraft, and was designed to transport infantry and light equipment. Between 1969 and 1974, 32 Gus class assault hovercraft were constructed. They were deployed to all Soviet naval fleets except the Northern Fleet, and were used extensively along the Amur River border with China. Three Gus class LCAC could be carried by the Ivan Rogov-class landing ship. They were replaced by the larger Tsaplya-class and Lebed-class LCAC and more recently the smaller Czilim-class hovercraft. All Gus class hovercraft were believed scrapped in the early 1990s.


The Gus class was capable of carrying up to 25 assault troops and their equipment.

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