In the early 1970s, the VVA-14 was an amphibious aircraft designed to detect nuclear submarines both underwater and on the surface. The VVA-14 was planned as a 14-engine catamaran. These motors enabled the vehicle to take off and land on water, even during a category five hurricane, and fly at only 12 meters above sea level. Unfortunately, due to the VVA-14’s ‘price-performance ratio,’ the military chose to continue with the Be-12. As a result, the VVA-14 project was shelved, and its vertical water takeoff technologies were never deployed by Soviet or foreign engineers since they were deemed unfit for military use.
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