Aleksandr Porokhovschikov

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Aleksandr Porokhovschikov
Porokhovschikov with an aircraft model
Native name Александр Александрович Пороховщиков
Born 1892
Died 1941
Nationality Russian
Engineering career
Discipline Military engineering
Significant design Vezdekhod

Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Porokhovschikov(Rus: Александр Александрович Пороховщиков) (1892–1941/43) was Russian military engineer, tank and aircraft inventor, known mostly for the development of Vezdekhod, the first tank (resembling modern tankette) in 1914-1915. Vezdekhod means: "He who goes anywhere" or "all-terrain vehicle". Vezdekhod was also the first caterpillar amphibious all-terrain vehicle. Subsequently Porokhovschikov added wheels to his tank for steering, making it also the first tank design to combine caterpillar and wheel ways of movement. However the steering was ineffectual and his design rejected.

Vezdekhod tank in 1915

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