The world’s first hybrid ‘Aeroboat’ built by Indo-Russian joint venture is capable of travelling on land, water, snow and sand. This is an achievement for both India and Russia.

An Indo-Russian joint venture (JV) built the Aeroboat was unveiled in Moscow at a start-ups event organised by Russia’s state-run Skolkovo Foundation. The Aeroboat is designed by IIAAT Holdings, a JV between the International Institute for Advanced Aerospace Technologies and Indian Firm Millennium Aerodynamics. The aeroboat is on demonstration in and around a pond in the two-day Startup Village annual event in Moscow for technology entrepreneurs and investors organised by Russia’s biggest innovation fund the Skolkovo Foundation.

It is designed to access difficult terrain, such as flooded or marshy areas where the use of regular boats is made impossible because of shallow water, patches of dry land or by marine vegetation. IIAAT Holding board member Sukrit Sharan, who is in Moscow, told IANS in an e-mail interview that they have orders for more than 25 aeroboat units from private and government buyers in India of which they have already despatched five for use in disaster management.

The aeroboat is much faster and more robust than the hovercrafts and it is developed to reach difficult terrains, such as flooded or marshy areas where the use of traditional boats is made difficult because of shallow water, patches of dry land or by marine vegetation. It runs on a “hybrid” engine, meaning it can run on either petrol or electricity, enabling users to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency.