Vessel flying on waves

service in sea and inland navigation: passenger-liners, ferry-boats, containers, masses, in fishing boats, life-saving marines (in sea rescue), the Border guard (patrol in frontier guard), the Water Police, the Fire Brigade, in Navy and the other



Vehicles flying on waves can be used universally and commonly in navigation, fishing, sea rescue, the Navy, and have smaller versions in land armies instead of tanks, in the patrol service of the Border Guard, the police, the Water Voluntary Rescue Team (Wodne Ochotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe - WOPR). Smaller vehicles are light and can move across the water with a speed of 150 km/h, directly over the ground and water surface, shallowly under the water, on marshes, in the wilderness, across snowbanks and desert sands.

The modern passenger, ferry and cargo services, fishing, sea rescue and the Navy should definitely give up the heavy, “coarse” steel and classic armour for the sake of manoeuvrability and speed of moving. As we know, the modern technology of combat can destroy every armour. What is a modern tank? We know that the damaged track itself makes the whole tank a sheer mass of scrap. The proposed vehicle is 10 times lighter than the tank and can have far better manoeuvring and logistic/operational parameters. Vehicles flying on waves are built with the same construction and engineering technology as planes. The platform of the undercarriage of the universal water/land combat unit can be equipped with 160 or 320 independent spiral drive elements. Magnetic bellows with springs installed in the floor reduce the overload of the spiral drive when travelling in the field.

If current political, social and economic trends in Europe and the world are developed, cultivated and consolidated and if Russia becomes a democratic ally and a partner of NATO and the European Community, then the strategic and military problems will be subject to further reduction, restructuring and professional defence and strategic specialisation within the NATO framework. In the accelerated restructuring process, NATO should gradually give up heavy armoured land and naval troops. Modern armoured technology does not guarantee an effective protection of people and equipment. The armour and the weight of operational units on the water and on land necessitates the use of stronger motors, and the development of manoeuvring possibilities has been slow for several years. Such units are still a remarkably easy target for rockets and torpedoes and for combat planes as well. Modern military organisation should give up aircraft carriers, any kinds of heavy armoured vessels and other smaller, but also too heavy combat watercraft with deep draught. The whole armada requires extremely much material and energy, because it has high resistance to water. With current systems of bearing and moving of combat planes and rockets and their destructive power, each larger vessel is practically helpless. It is very costly in construction, equipment and use. It is becoming an easier target for the enemy and, therefore, constitutes a serious danger to its crew.

I suggest that a vehicle flying on waves is built instead of an aircraft carrier. Strictly speaking, three versions of the Mother Base should be designed and built.

- The first optimal version as described above is designed for strategic offensive and defensive operations on seas and oceans, has a crew of 5,000 people and can land near the shore without the service of costly air and sea ports.

- The second version constitutes --- of the Mother Base and can be used for strategic offensive and defensive operations on seas and oceans around the continents (Europe, North America, the Antipodes etc.) and has a crew of 2,500 people.

- The third version constitutes 1/5 of the Mother Base, has a crew of 1,000 people and can be used mainly for defence purposes in local nautical conditions, bays and in other water regions (the Baltic, the Mediterranean Sea, The Black Sea, the Caribbean Sea etc.)

- These vehicles can also be used in navigation, fishing, sea rescue etc.



First universal intercontinental version  

(technical description)

First version

(technical logistic/combat description, see figure 1, 2, 4): 

PLATFORM, area of 18,000 sq.m., 7 m in height. The platform is fully equipped: on the lowest level – jet engines, two kinds of driving system (figure 2, 3, 4) and torpedo tubes; technical rooms storehouses, fuel, weapons, ammunition, fresh water, waste-water treatment plant, spare parts, social rooms, uniform, hospital, food store, underwater monitoring etc. The whole device is arranged in rooms separated by chambers filled with foamed polystyrene and mineral wool for security reasons. Fuel tanks are distributed in 7 places in the middle of the platform throughout its length. Explosive materials and ammunition stores are located similarly for security reasons. Other stores serve as an insulation and are located successively on the outside for protective reasons.

1ST DECK, area of 18,000 sq.m. and 6 m in height, is made up by separated hangars for 30 independent vessels floating on the water surface and shallowly under the water, with dimensions up to 40 m in length, up to 13 m in width and 5.40 m in height. Each has 9 jet engines and two kinds of driving system (hydrodynamic up to 150 km/h and jet propulsion up to 700 km/h in good atmospheric conditions). We can call this type of vehicle a Daughter, which has a total crew of 100 persons and weighs up to 300 tons. On the 2nd deck there is a social base for the crew and the command. The Daughter, universal vehicles and scooters have also titanium bands placed spirally on rollers in vertical pipes, which are used for:

- Quick submersion of the vehicle under the water and its emergence within a period of several seconds up to one minute (depending on the size of a vehicle);

- Automatic and follow-up levelling of vehicles under the water and on the troubled sea;

- Moving of the vehicle over the land (universal vehicle and scooter);

- Vehicles flying on waves (apart from the Mother Base) can be included in river traffic, with direct current supply from floating electric tractions (see

Each Daughter has 3 combat helicopters, 4 light combat vehicles (water/land) with dimensions 10 m (length) x 4 m (width) x 2.5 m (height) as an alternative to tanks, but with greater firepower and 4 internal combustion engine drive, each with a current converter with 150 KW power. We call this vehicle universal; it can move on the water, under the water and on the land with a speed up to 150 km/h. The universal vehicle has a crew of 13 people. On its deck there are 4 two-person water/land combat scooters driven with 2 internal combustion engines with a current converter with the total power of 80 KW, which drive the spiral system with an insert. The scooter can sail directly under the water or on the water surface; it can also move on the land across marshes, wildernesses and directly over the land surface. Using a buoy and a reinforced elastic pipe, the scooter can penetrate the water space to the depth of 20 – 30 m and perform various tasks or assist in drawing various objects out of water in co-operation with a patrol/rescue universal vehicle in the police and the Border Guard. This vehicle can develop speed on the water surface up to 150 km/h. It can be equipped with manual rockets, machine guns, water and air smoke-screens and can shoot out “two-minute” chaff. It can travel over the mined area in the air and take part in an enclosing raid. The total weight of this vehicle is 600 kg.

Apart from that, the Daughter has “two-minute” guns, 3 tactical rocket launchers, underwater and air masking screens, machine guns, torpedo launchers, Y-guns, underwater monitoring, a radar and satellite navigation system. Each Daughter and universal vehicles can have 3 balloons – faithful copies and other masking devices. The Daughter can land near the beach.

2ND AND 3RD DECK of the Mother Base is a luxurious social base for a crew of 5,000 persons: a hotel, restaurants, clubs, bars, a cinema, bodybuilding gyms, running tracks, swimming pools, courts, a hospital etc. The total area: 30,000 sq. m., each 3 m in height, some rooms between decks may be 6 m in height.

4TH DECK, an area of 12,000 sq. m., 6 m in height, is provided with: sheds for aeroplanes with vertical take-off, helicopters, stationary rocket launchers (of various types and for various purposes); Y-guns, neutral masking agents, guns with pieces of “two-minute” chaff for effective destruction of drive systems of planes, combat helicopters and rockets, machine guns, anti-radar and anti-satellite masking agents.

5TH DECK, an area of 10,000 sq. m. and 6 m in height, is provided with admiral’s premises, radar and satellite navigation, control of the mother vehicle and various logistic/combat processes, an airport for combat aeroplanes with vertical take-off, combat helicopters, rockets, “two-minute” guns and other guns.

- The whole mother (biggest version) weighs 20-30 thousand tons.

- The manoeuvring speed of the mother: 150 km/h.

- The travelling speed of the mother: ca 700 km/h.

- Does not require costly service of airports and other ports. Can land near the shore or the beach.

- Consumes less fuel for the transport of the same tonnage as by plane and, therefore, has ecological and economic advantages.

- All vehicles are unsinkable, because each described vessel has its platform filled in 4/5 with foamed polystyrene in chambers (like a honeycomb) and with mineral wool in layers instead of armour.

- Relatively quiet operation of jet engines, working roar is reduced between the floor and the water.

- Vehicles can be invisible to radars.

The Mother Base has extremely efficient loading and unloading of cargo and combat/landing troops on mobile ladders. Stationary unloading of landing troops can be completed within a period of 5 minutes. Unloading of landing troops on a 5 km shoreline can be completed within a period of 10 minutes. After 10 minutes a 5 km shoreline is surrounded with 30 Daughters, where all send ashore 120 universal water/land combat vehicles with greater firepower than that of a tank. On all universal water/land vehicles there are 360 two-person combat scooters (also water/land). It is an efficiently mechanised and well-armoured naval infantry. While one person drives the scooter, the other one commands and can destroy the enemy e.g. with machine guns and manual rockets. 90 combat helicopters. Each Daughter has 3 rocket launchers and other guns on its deck, too. We must remember that during a landing operation there are aeroplanes, helicopters, rocket launchers and other weapons on the 4th and the 5th deck of the Mother Base. The Mother and the Daughter has the possibility of current, objective and accurate monitoring of the satellite course up to several thousand km in advance. It can trace sleeping whales somewhere in the ocean at an appropriately early time. Upon completion of the task, the whole armada can load with the same efficiency and speed: scooters to universal vehicles and helicopters to Daughters, and Daughters to the Mother Base. Soon after coming back to their sub-bases and to the Mother Base, all vehicles undergo appropriate servicing/maintenance, supplement of fuel, ammunition etc. The crew is also replaceable. In a two-shift system some people are on duty, while others rest and relax after completion of their tasks.


Ferdynand Barbasiewicz
Retired Colonel


usługi: pasażerskie, promowe, kontenerowe, masowe, w rybołówstwie, ratownictwie morskim patrolowych w straży granicznej i policji wodnej, w Marynarce Wojennej RP i inne. 

Pojazdy latające po falach mogą mieć uniwersalne zastosowanie w komunikacji osobowej, promowej, kontenerowej, towarów masowych i innych. Są bezkonkurencyjne wobec istniejących środków przemieszczania ludzi, usług promowych, kontenerowych, towarów masowych, w rybołówstwie, ratownictwie morskim, patrolowych w straży granicznej i policji wodnej, w Marynarce Wojennej RP.

Zaletą pojazdów latających po falach jest ich:

1) Wyjątkowo płytkie zanurzenie na postoju.

2) Niezatapialność

3) Prędkość manewrowa do 150 km/h

4) Prędkość podróżna około 700 km/h

5) Możliwość przewożenia:

a) pasażerów w luksusowych warunkach,

b) usług promowych (pasażerowie i samochody) na platformach samobieżnych,

c) kontenerów na platformach samobieżnych,

d) towarów masowych na platformach samobieżnych,

e) załadowanie i rozładowanie na ruchomych trapach zasilanych prądem elektrycznym

6) Możliwość lądowania przy brzegu, plaży, molu itp.

7) Nie wymagają obsługi kosztownych portów lotniczych i morskich

8) Możliwość bardzo szybkiego załadowania bez obsługi portów różnych rodzajowo towarów

9) Możliwość pełnego rozładowania w czasie 5 minut przy brzegu w dowolnym miejscu

10) Bez konkurencyjność ekonomiczna i ekologiczna:

a) wielokrotnie taniej przemieszcza ten sam tonaż niż komunikacja i transport lotniczy,

b) dwukrotnie taniej przemieszcza ten sam tonaż niż znany transport morski,

c) wielokrotnie szybciej przemieszcza ten sam tonaż niż znany transport morski,

d) po dotarciu na inny kontynent może przewozić dalej pasażerów, samochody, kontenery i inne towary masowe na mniejszych pojazdach nawet rzekami i bezdrożami do różnych odbiorców. Taka sama jest organizacja załadunku i droga powrotna.

Pojazdy latające po falach mogą być budowane w 5 rodzajach.



Pierwsza wersja uniwersalna międzykontynentalna


(opis techniczny)

PLATFORMA o powierzchni 18.000 m2, wysokości 7 m. W platformie są wszystkie urządzenia techniczne:


1) Odpowiednia do tonażu ilość silników odrzutowych do napędu:

a) hydrodynamicznego prędkości manewrowej do 150 km/h,

b) odrzutowego do prędkości podróżnej około 700 km/h,

c) produkcji prądu elektrycznego.

2) Zbiorniki paliwa rozmieszczone są w dolnej części w 7 miejscach platformy.

3) Zbiorniki słodkiej wody.

4) Oczyszczalnia ścieków.

5) Różne magazyny techniczne, sanitarne, żywności itp.

6) Pomieszczenia i urządzenia techniczne do obsługi i eksploatacji pojazdu latającego po falach.

7) Monitoring podwodny i wyrzutnie torped na wypadek terroryzmu.

I POKŁAD powierzchnia 18.000 m2, wysokość 6 m to hangary dla 30 małych pojazdów latających po falach. Wymiary: długość do 40 m, szerokość do 13 m, wysokość do 5,40 m. Pojazdy te przeznaczone są do przewożenia ludzi, pojazdów samochodowych, kontenerów i innych masowych towarów.

II POKŁAD powierzchnia 16.000 m2, to hangary dla 30 małych jak wyżej pojazdów latających po falach z przeznaczeniem do przewozu kontenerów i usług promowych.

III POKŁAD powierzchnia 14.000 m2to II klasa pasażerska (restauracje, kluby, bary, baseny kąpielowe, sale kinowe, gabinety medyczne itp.)

IV POKŁAD powierzchnia 12.000 m2 to I klasa pasażerska.

- Pojazd latający po falach może przewieść 4-5 tyś. pasażerów po cenach kilkakrotnie tańszych niż w komunikacji lotniczej. Poza tym może przewieść 20-30 tyś. ton towarów.

V POKŁAD powierzchnia 10.000 m2 to admirowanie-dowodzenie (zarządzanie i kierowanie), tarasy widokowe itp. Na V pokładzie znajduje się odpowiednie uzbrojenie i sprzęt lotniczy na wypadek terroryzmu.

- Druga wersja to pojazd latający po falach o połowę mniejszy. Pojazd ten jest przeznaczony do komunikacji pasażerskiej i przewozu towarów wokół kontynentów.

- Trzecia wersja to 1/5 pierwszej wersji przeznaczona do podróży lokalnych i przewozu towarów w rejonach morskich (Bałtyk, Śródziemne, Karaibskie, itp., większe rzeki).

- Czwarta wersja to pojazd „córa” , do 40 m długości, przeznaczony, po rozładowaniu pojazdu latającego po falach nawet do komunikacji i przewozu towarów na rzekach minimum 50m szerokości. Małe rzeki i bezdroża mogą być obsługiwane przez pojazdy uniwersalne do 10 ton, wodowane tam gdzie nie wejdzie większa jednostka pływająca.

Przy budowie wyżej opisanych pojazdów należy stosować konstrukcje i technologię jak przy budowie nowoczesnych samolotów.


Autor wyżej opisanych projektów – Ferdynand Barbasiewicz

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