Russian Tank/Jet Hybrid Double Barreled Water Cannon

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The Hungarians have re-purposed some surplus Russian Military hardware to make “Big Wind”. It is a T34 tank with its turret removed and replaced with twin MiG jet engines mounted to the treads. It spews water to put out massive fires. It is a giant double barreled super soaker on wheels. Actually it has 6 nozzles over the MiG engines. As it sprays water the engine jet blast sprays the water forward. The water is moving at a maximum rate of 220 gallons of water a second, or twice what an average U.S. household uses in 24 hours. If you hooked up this machine’s water pump to a typical suburban swimming pool, it would suck it dry in about 50 seconds.

Big Wind needs three crewmen: a driver inside the tank to steer and stop it; a controller in a rear cabin at the back of the platform to run the jet engines and the water jets; and a fire chief who walks about 15 feet away, issuing orders to the two other crew members through a remote-control unit.

 

For those who want to know more, here is a painfully long +1 hour video of the Big Wind Firefighter.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Phillip Cooper

    Extraordinarily cool, but how is this a firearm? ๐Ÿ™‚

    fireยทarm
    หˆfฤซ(ษ™)rหŒรคrm/
    noun
    noun: firearm; plural noun: firearms
    a rifle, pistol, or other portable gun.

    • SP mclaughlin

      There’s gear reviews and a lot more non firearm stuff on this blog than this, Mirriam-Webster.

      • Phillip Cooper

        See that little thing at the end of my first sentence, that looks like this- ๐Ÿ™‚

        It’s to denote that one is joking.

        Humor. It’s fun. Perhaps add it to your list of New Year’s Resolutions? ๐Ÿ™‚

        • avconsumer2

          That’s just a smiley, indicating you were simply happy. The international emoticon for “joking” or “kidding” is ๐Ÿ˜‰ (note the semicolon) Welcome to the internet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • J.T.

        Shooting related gear. This isn’t shooting related.

        • gunslinger

          it shoots water.
          it is on a tank. tanks have guns!

          3 things. triangle has 3 sides

          Illuminati confirmed.

          • Grindstone50k

            Half Life 3 confirmed.

    • Bert not ernie

      It is portable. It has wheels. And it shoots stuff.

      And if there was a way to supply it with 220 gallons per second of petroleum distillates, you could burn down a whole country.

      • noob

        oh. my. god.

    • Because it’s extraordinarily cool:-)

    • Gmansaid

      It clearly is a anti-FIREarm! Couldn’t resist…ha!

      • Phillip Cooper

        Nicely done, sir!

    • Blake

      It’s based on a Soviet T-34 tank & MiG 15 engines. It’s big, orange, & packs tons of (anti)firepower.

      AFAIAC, it counts :-).

  • J.T.

    Don’t see how this is even remotely gun related. It is also something that has been around for a quarter of a century.

    • Dan

      Who cares if it isn’t gun related, it is interesting, also as to how long it has been around could you remind me how long AK’s, AR’s 1911’s and such have been around?

  • The Russians(?) and Warsaw Pact had a similar set-up (T-55 with jet engines) for chemical weapon decontamination.

    • Raven

      I’ve seen a supposed prototype mine-clearing vehicle using a jet engine on a T-34 chassis as well. And trucks with Klimov VK-1 engines on them used for snow clearing and deicing at airports. Guess they had to do something with all those surplus parts.

    • Think this is crazy? The Russians once used a nuclear bomb, yes, a nuclear freaking bomb to cap a well. Those folks over there in the oil fields are all about creative solutions!

      • Raven

        I thought that was only ever a theory. I remember someone suggesting it during the Deepwater Horizon spill, but it obviously didn’t go anywhere.

        And besides, using a nuke to seal a well is only half as crazy as what the Americans did during Operation Plowshare. They detonated a small nuclear device deep underground in New Mexico with the aim of jumpstarting natural gas production.

        • USSR using a nuke to cap a well. It worked and would still work. But go figure that once you mention “hey, I bet a nuke could solve this environmental problem” these days, few people take you seriously, lol.

          • Tassiebush

            That was really, really, really, cool!

  • Pete Sheppard

    J.T.: GET. OVER. IT.
    I liked it, found it informative, and would like to see more such weapons-related articles!

  • Zugunder

    True glory of House Harkonnen!

    • Mazryonh

      Which Dune game did it remind you of? I’m more reminded of the Apocalypse Tanks from Red Alert 2. “The Apocalypse Has Begun . . .”

      • Zugunder

        It reminded me Devastator from Dune 2 which I played on 16-bit Sega. It wasn’t highly detailed, but that was first thing that popped up in my mind when I saw subject.

      • Zugunder

        Here it is, far right, bottom row.

        • Mazryonh

          I see. Well, the old Westwood Studios always had a love affair with big double-barrelled tanks. If you’re interested you can find a modern remake of the original Dune 2 game called “The Golden Path” made to work with modern PCs (but with much of the original graphics and sound).

  • Jeff Smith

    I want to wash my truck with it.

    • Phillip Cooper

      I hope you don’t mind your truck being beat to hell after.

      Pretty sure this would not only push your truck, but roll it down the street- witness what one 747 engine did on Mythbusters… and there’s two jet engines on this one (I don’t know how the MIG fighter engine compares to the 747).

      But yeah- I’d sure try it!

    • LCON

      Truck What Truck?

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    A creative, practical and cost-effective way to put older but still serviceable and reliable time-proven equipment to good use, instead of simply scrapping it and having to go through a whole R & D / manufacturing process all over again.

    • Giolli Joker

      It takes some good out-of-the box thinking as well!
      I love it!

    • Actually, there was standardized Soviet equipment to this tune. Ural truck-mounted VK-1 engines (TSM-65 if memory serves) and even the Progrev-T, a T-65 chassis-mounted monster (same engine, but most likely NOT de-powered) with a special nozzle. The former were used for airfield deicing, but Progrev-T presumably was designed for mine trawling – it was supposed to blow out IEDs from hard-surface roads, with a specified trawling strip of 8-12 meters wide and 20-30 cm deep. Also, same engines were jerry-rigged in extreme North (mining towns for example) for railroad deicing, with the nozzle directed diagonally downwards (it was a local invention and was phased out due to damage to rail ballast and complex maintenance).

  • gunslinger

    she’s gone from suck to blow.

  • Vhyrus

    That first picture honestly looks like concept art for the next Command & Conquer.

    • bernardg

      Engineer reporting!

  • Tassiebush

    I can think of heaps of coastal and riverside towns in my state that would benefit from these during bushfire season.

  • Gee my thoughts exactly:-)

  • Grindstone50k

    Because “overkill” does not exist in Russian.

  • Ron

    COOL!! I need one of those!

  • uisconfruzed

    Hey Ferguson, can you say crowd control?

  • Tom Currie

    We all love to laugh at the idiots in the mainstream media every time they talk about firearms and display their total ignorance of every technical term that they try to use.

    Now those of us with a military background can laugh at the idiot who wrote “jet engines mounted to the treads”

  • bernardg

    their fair maidens also lovely as well.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Good point — available water supply would be paramount, given the potential flow rates this rig could generate. On the other hand, those same enormous flow rates would be likely to extinguish a fire in a very short amount of time, thus perhaps reducing, at least to some extent, the need for huge available volumes of stand-by water.

    I also appreciate your other point about ship-based ( and, by extension, offshore ) firefighting, although I would add that the rig would have to be extensively modified to provide the sort of flexibility a maritime application inevitably requires, not to mention the fact that a tracked platform would not quite work shipboard [ I know that you meant to refer to the actual firefighting machinery and not the T-34 chassis, so I’m pulling your leg a little here ๐Ÿ™‚ ].

  • ghost

    Makes me have to pee.

  • David Johnson

    way cooler if it shot out FIRE!

  • Leigh Rich

    Be good for riots like at Ferguson.

  • bruce Cambell

    I remember how they had a hard time putting out the oil well fires set in Kuwait by the retreating Iraq Army. I wonder how well these would work against fighting oil well fires.

  • BuzzKillington

    Interesting that the air being blasted at the fire from the jets, doesn’t feed it oxygen and make it tougher to extinguish.