Aleksandr Porokhovschikov

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Aleksandr Porokhovschikov
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Porokhovschikov with an aircraft model
Native name
Александр Александрович Пороховщиков
Born1892
Died1941/1943
NationalityRussian
Engineering career
DisciplineMilitary engineering
Significant designVezdekhod

Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Porokhovschikov(Rus: Александр Александрович Пороховщиков) (1892–1941/1943) 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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