With colder weather approaching, I figured it appropriate to post a winter capable weird weapon.
The Soviet Union has winters that are considered some of the harshest in the world. Vast trackless tundra, sparse population, and a lack of all-weather roads conspire to make movement in the winter hazardous.
The aerosan is a simple design idea that actually worked. Take a sled, add a motor with a pusher type propeller and you have the aerosan. They are best suited to movement over frozen lakes and deep snow covering wide open fields. Maneuvering in built up areas or in forests, the aerosan loses a lot of it's mobility.
The Soviets designed several types of aerosan for various purposes. My personal fave is the armored NKL-26. It carried a crew of two, one driver/pilot and the gunner commander. The armor was thin, only 10mm on the front. Which would be hard pressed to stop armor piercing rounds out of a Finnish Mosin-Nagant rifle, but would stop shrapnel splinters. The sides were plywood. Weight being the biggest restriction. Too much armor and the small engine could not move the sled! The gunner could return fire with a DP-28 machine gun.
Still, the design was sound, and they were effective for reconnaissance work and to harass the enemy over long distances.
I can see these being used to hunt in Wisconsin and Minnestoa. The deer would die of fright!