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Aleksandr Porokhovschikov



Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Porokhovschikov (Rus: Александр Александрович Пороховщиков) (1892 Saint Petersburg, Russia – July 27, 1941 Moscow) was Russian military engineer, tank and aircraft inventor, known mostly for the development of Vezdekhod, the first tank in the world (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.

Was executed by the bolshevik - communist government.