>Greek Navy Is Saying Goodbye to Zubr’s

>According to Strategy Page website Greek Navy is going to retire the four Zubr class hovercrafts it had acquired from Russia and Ukraine.

According to Strategy Page website Greek Navy is going to retire the four Zubr class hovercrafts it had acquired from Russia and Ukraine. Three of them joined the Greek Navy in 2001 and the last one in 2005. They have a displacement of 550 tons and can carry up to 130 tons military material: 3 main battle tanks or 10 armored personnel carriers or 230 troops. The boats were ideal tools for quick reinforcement of island garrisons. Alternative they could be used to carry special forces team to infiltrate the enemy or a small raiding party with their light armored vehicles. .

Many governments cannot overcome the temptation of buying Russian military hardware as it is relatively cheep to buy. But the current manufacturing and logistics infrastructure of Russia and other GIS countries is no where close the system in the Soviet era. Therefore properly maintaining Russian hardware turns to be a nightmare. Turkey had a very similar and dissatisfying experience with in Mil-17 helicopters bought for the Gendarmerie in late 1990’s.

It is interesting to note that China has decided to buy a dozen of these crafts for its navy. Apparently they are not afraid about any possible supply problems or planning to reveres engineering the parts anyway.

In light of the current economic problems Greece is facing retiring these white elephants are not a bad move after all.

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