Tupolev conducted performance tests snowmobile amphibious AS-2 for postmen

In the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Russian Post" together with JSC "Tupolev" conducted performance tests snowmobile amphibious AS-2.

  • (C) photo of Tupolev
  • (C) photo of Tupolev

The main objective of the test is a qualitative and quantitative assessment of the suitability of equipment for high-speed aerosannoy round urgent delivery of correspondence, documents, and cash in the remote polar settlements.

Snowmobile amphibious operation carried out in conjunction with all-terrain vehicles at low pressure pneumatics. During the tests the effectiveness of the interaction was determined by logistic vehicle group, united by a common information space.

After a preliminary organizational and technical training snowmobile amphibious AS-2, accompanied by 2-terrain vehicles "Rosario" started on the route: Salekhard — Aksarka — Salemal — Panayev — Yar-Sale — Salehard 500 km long. Total weight load exceeding 1.5 tons of mail, including the urgent correspondence, parcels, administrative documents, credit cards, retirement, as well as food, industrial products, etc.

  • (C) photo of Tupolev
  • (C) photo of Tupolev

During the tests have been tried different ways to get loaded sled on different types of surfaces, including winter road, virgin snow, ice and open water, and the measured speed and fuel consumption for the control sections of the route. Much attention was paid to the use of snowmobiles, off-road capability amphibians to reduce travel distances between settlements, as well as interaction with all-terrain vehicles to ensure mutual security operations in the polar night, low temperatures and winds.

Snowmobile amphibious AS-2 have shown to be an effective high-speed vehicle capable to solve operational problems on the transport of urgent and high value cargo, according to a release from the manufacturer. In general, the tests were confirmed by the statements of JSC "Tupolev" tactical and technical characteristics. The average speed at the sites was 67.5 km / h, which is due to the additional "smoothing" road routes can ensure the delivery of postal items and essential commodities in any part of the autonomous region in less than a day. Average fuel consumption of 31.3 liters per hour.

During performance tests identified a number of technical shortcomings, together with the staff AFPS Yamal made recommendations on the need to finalize the design for mass production amphibious snowmobile. The specialists of JSC "Tupolev" confirmed the technical feasibility of implementing these improvements, not of a fundamental nature in the design documentation of AS-2.

In general the results of demonstrated high efficiency operation of vehicles in the snowmobile and all-terrain amphibious at low pressure pneumatics to construct optimal logistics for regular year-round delivery of postal goods in small villages of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District.

  • (C) photo of Tupolev
  • (C) photo of Tupolev

The FSUE "Russian Post" has confirmed its interest in wide use aerosannogo amphibious transport in areas with poor road infrastructure, particularly in the Far North, Siberia and the Far East.

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