World's largest hovercraft opens Race of Heroes in Russia

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A large-scale military sports event, the Race of Heroes, kicked off in Russia’s westernmost Kaliningrad region on Saturday. The world's largest air-cushioned landing craft, the “Evgeny Kocheshkov”, opened the military pageant, transferring a BTR-82A armored personnel carrier and scores of troops onto an empty shore. The Evgeny Kocheshkov can carry 130 tonnes of personnel and cargo. The Russian Defense Ministry supports this military event as part of the 'Ready for Labour and Defense' (GTO) programme aimed to revive physical culture and sport.