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NKL-26
Aerosan
NKL-26
General Historical Information
Place of origin USSR
Category Scoutcar
Debut in FHSW Debut in Forgotten Hope
Speed 75 km/h
General Ingame Information
Used by USSR
Crew in‑game 2
Seat 2 1x 7.62 mm DP machine gun
Historical Picture
NKL-26 aerosan
The NKL-2602:09

The NKL-26

The "Aerosan" were light sled vehicles, propelled across the ice and snow by aircraft engines and propellers. Climatic features of the northern regions of the Soviet Union with a permanent long-term snow cover encouraged to use aerosan to transport mail, passengers and freight.

Also, the Red Army had several aerosan detachments that were employed with relative success in winter operations against the Finns during the Winter War. They were used primarily for maintaining communications between units and formations, and ferrying ammunition, provisions, and petroleum products to forces operating at great distances from their supply bases. These sleds also evacuated the wounded from the battlefield. Also, at summer sleds could be replaced by wheels, that turned it into a car. Sometimes aerosled detachments executed combat missions; launching surprise attacks against the enemy.

With the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, all the aerosleds that existed in the country were mobilized into the Red Army. In December 1942, the Narkomlets Factory, where they were produced, was commissioned to design an armoured version for scouting and raiding in areas barred by the terrain to tanks or armoured cars.

The result was the NKL-26 armoured aerosan. Actually, armoured is a slight exaggeration since 10mm plate was only carried on the front surface, due to the inability of the vehicle to propel any more weight. Armanent consisted of one 7.62 mm DT machine gun mounted on a turret.

The NKL-26 aerosled was intended for the transport of a crew of two persons - the vehicle commander who simultaneously fulfilled the function of gunner in a combat environment, and the mechanic-driver.The hull of this aerosled was made of wood and fully enclosed. It had four independently suspended controllable skis.

All these vehicles were used in frozen northern areas, especially on lakes and rivers because of the limited ability of negotiating much of a slope.

In FHSW this vehicle can be found at The Storm map. 


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