According to the Russian Security Council, they have presented a draft of a transport and logistic corridors connecting Siberia, the Far East and The Arctic to the government and now waiting for its approval.
These futuristic airships would make it possible for the passengers and cargoes to travel between the Northern Sea Route along the north of the Russian land mass, plus the Trans – Siberian and Baikal-Amur Mainline railways.
The draft claims that such a single new style airship could actually do the work of 5 Mi-8 helicopters the Russian far north. So far Russia is the number one country where the new generation airships are being built, among which the AugurRosAeroSystems Holding is planned to be completed by the end of 2018.
The second stage of the airships is boosted by the change of the design – as they can counter now stronger winds, which makes them excellent choice for such environment as is in Arctic.
The Hindenburg disaster in 1937, when the German airship caught fire landing in New Jersey and killed 35 passengers along with one ground crew caused a bad reputation for this kind of transport. But Russian Security Council and Academician Alexander Nekipelov sees new plan more known as “Project Eurasia”, which could possible become a future strategy.
The estimated cost is around 220-240$ billion and should boost the development of Siberia, Russian Far East and the Arctic. These two transport corridors with 9600 km long would take in the Northern Sea Route, taking benefits from more ice free months each year, and high speed rail lings on an upgraded Russian Railway network. It would create the infrastructure with aviation hubs, waterways and fast assembling runways for small aviation, along with large airships for long haul cargo flights.
If the project is approved it will be accomplished by 2035 boosting the exploration of new remote territories, developing labor, migration and of course tourism in such remote areas.