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    -Hey Everyone



    I'm designing a hovercraft for military applications at university. After researching, I haven't been able to find any information on how the hovercraft skirts have coped with things such as small arms fire etc. and how it has affected the performance of the hovercraft. Does anyone have any information regarding this subject, if so I would be extremely grateful for your comments and opinions.



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    Arry

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    Two things come immediately to mind:



    1) Have a look at the research into "ordinary" material/fabric under ballistic conditions, especially puncture size. If the puncture is relatively small it probably won't noticably affect the performance of the skirt.



    2) But, if the small arms fire penetrates the skirt (highly likely given that it will be made of rubber/fabric) then it will probably pass into the cockpit or engine area causing further and more serious problems. I would have thought that the chances of the round damaging just the skirt would be quite small...



    Richard E.


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    Contact Griffon Hovercraft http://www.griffonhovercraft.com/

    They may be able to share experience on craft used by British Army in Iraq.

    Hovercraft Museum may also have reports on (unsuccesful) attempts to blow up an SRN3 by exploding a sea mine under it.

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    Thanks guys,



    The hovercraft will be armoured so the rounds won't be affecting the vital systems.

    I have emailed Griffon but have had no responses at all.

    Also tried getting in touch with someone from the 539 sqn Royal Marines who operated hovercraft but again, no response.

    What would the feasibility of adding chain mail/plated armour around the skirt be? I've also come up with ways of replacing the skirt while in use but it would add so much weight and increase the height between the ground and the bottom of the hull.



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    Arry


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    Air commander have also done some of that work.



    http://www.aircommander.com/



    Maybe they can help too.

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    News update, Air commander is out of business! Besides, it's my experience you'll have to be a money spending customer to get any help or bad advice from this place.

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    He seemed very helpful when I spoke to him, another bloke has baught the company, am not shure what will happen but seems a waist to buy a company and then close it.

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    Ok I'm gonna have to take my previous comment back now

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