April 26 held a handover ceremony at the Government of the Nizhny Novgorod region of the two exhibits of military equipment of the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin memorial complex "Gorky — Front!": Roader GAZ-67B and multiple rocket launchers 132-mm ‘Katyusha’ BM-13, restored by specialists Automobile Plant GAS on the initiative of the regional authorities. Certificates of recreating machines Nizhny Novgorod Governor Valery Shantsev presented by the President of "GAZ Group" Bo Andersson.
President of the "GAZ Group" Bo Andersson: "We are particularly pleased to make a gift in Nizhny Novgorod eve of Victory Day, applying our expertise in recreating the legendary art of the Great Patriotic War. After the factory works look "Katyusha" was as close to real combat vehicle of the war years. Recovery of these vehicles was carried out in a unique studio of gas, which is the only Russian industrial center full-cycle production of unique high-tech vehicles and recovery vehicles of any global brands, including rare. Experts of studio have unique competencies in engineering, professional renovation and restoration techniques. Updating the memorial exhibits for the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin — the pride of all avtozavodtsev. "
Nizhny Novgorod Governor Valery Shantsev: "In the land of Gorky during the war, was made a lot of military equipment — no wonder our city is called the arsenal of the Great Victory. Labor glory of our countrymen should remain in the centuries to our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren knew our history, see which technique produced at the time. We turned to the experts "GAZ Group", was asked to find drawings and plans to restore the exhibits in its entirety. I am sure that this work could be done only gas engineer. " According to the governor, reconstruction of combat vehicles is not just an engineering victory, and a tribute to all those who courageously defended the freedom of the country: "This technology will again take its place in the open air museum in the Kremlin, and for many years will demonstrate Nizhny Novgorod and our guests from all over Russia, all over the world gorkovchan heroic labor and the great victory. "
The exhibits of military equipment memorial complex "Gorky — Front!" Were sent from the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin in the GAZ plant for restoration in November 2012. The cars were damaged by atmospheric corrosion, their twisted chassis, parts of the body rotted and needed replacement. At GAZ cars were completely dismantled and otdefektovany, powertrains and chassis components have been peskostrustruynuyu cleaning, preparation and painting.
During reconstruction specialists "GAZ Group" returned exhibits genuine technical and historical appearance. "Katyusha" restored based on the St. Petersburg Military-Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signal Corps, which is one of the few remaining vehicles of this type, as well as on the basis of design documentation. During the restoration work in the Kremlin used the exhibit biaxial chassis ZIS-5 was replaced by triaxial chassis ZIS-6 because it is on this chassis during the war, rocket launchers were placed volley ognya.Dlya GAZ-67B (from 1943 to 1953. GAS released 92843 GAZ-67B, during the war — 11332 of these machines) Restorers have bought new tires with the corresponding original tread pattern. In both cars, the interior completely and controls. Cars are made to meet the requirements Vandal and increased protection to the effects of the external environment.
Recreating the "Katyusha" and GAZ-67B — not the first experience of "GAZ Group" in the creation of unique vehicles. So, in 2010, created the ZIL GAZ-41041AMG front of calculation for the Victory Day parade on Red Square in Moscow, released 24 copies of the famous lorry GAZ-AA, and two passenger car GAZ-3102 "Volga" with a body "coupe" for the Victory Day parade in Nizhny Novgorod.