The grand opening of a memorial in honor of the great creator of tanks, the chief designer Uralvagonzavod in 50-60th years of XX century, Major-General Leonid Kartseva engineer, took place in the village of Skomovo (Ivanovo region). Corporation Uralvagonzavod has assisted in the installation of the monument, which is a sample of the T-62 — the flagship product of the genius of the designer.
At the opening ceremony of the memorial near the ancestral home Kartseva attended by the Governor of the Ivanovo Region Mikhail Men, Chief Armored Directorate of the Ministry of Defence, Colonel-General Sergei Maev, a member of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Yuri Smirnov. From the corporation Uralvagonzavod express respect Leonid arrived deputy director general for special equipment Vyacheslav Halitov and CEO and Chief Designer of "UKBTM" Andrew Terlikov.
Unfortunately, recently celebrated the 90th anniversary of the designer is not able to attend the celebration. Warm words of congratulations and took daughter of Leonid Nikolaevich, Galina. State award — the Order of Merit, which is awarded Leonid Presidential Decree of 28.07.2012 of the year, will give the designer a little later, in person.
Skomovo, a small town in Gavrilov Posad district of Ivanovo region, is home to a small Leonid Kartseva. Today Leonid lives in Moscow, but his personality, talent and development and take pride in Skomovo, and in Nizhny Tagil. Memorial established on the initiative of relatives of the designer and the inhabitants of the village. In January of 2011 to the President of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Defence and JSC "Scientific and Production Corporation" Uralvagonzavod "was sent an official request Skomovo residents and members of the local history society for the study of history of the Vladimir-Suzdal Opolye to assist in the installation of the monument in the village Skomovo as a sample of one of the tanks, created Kartsev.
In the summer of 2012, the delegation of the Moscow office of the Ministry of Defence Uralvagonzavod and inspected prior installation location of the tank in the village. As a result, it was decided to offset the costs of subordinate structures of the Ministry of Defence on the demilitarization and delivery of the tank to the installation of the means of "Scientific and Production Corporation" Uralvagonzavod ".
The initiative to install the memorial has also found support for the Governor and Government of the Ivanovo region, local authorities Gavrilov Posad municipal district and the regional branch of the Russian DOSAAF.
Leonid Kartcev was appointed chief designer of the tank design bureau, now KB Ural Transport Machine-Building Corporation "Uralvagonzavod", in March 1953 at the age of 31, and became the youngest in the history of the domestic tank development chief designer of the KB. Under his leadership, were developed 26 armored vehicles, nine of which were adopted in mass production. Including combat vehicles T-54A, T-54B, T-55, T-55A, T-62, T-62A, T-62K and modifications thereof, as well as the world’s first fighter tanks IT 1. Until now, his tanks are striking force of the Army of many countries of the world.
In addition, at the end of the 60s of the last century Leonid laid the conceptual idea of a new tank — the T-72, which later became the most massive of the twentieth century, and created the concept of the domestic tank building, which is used to this day, and is considered one of the best in world.
The T-62 was adopted in 1961. First in the world, he was fitted with guns of high-velocity armor-piercing shells. Protection that can withstand the impact of the BPS, appeared on the main tanks of NATO only in 1980. Only in the Soviet Union were produced 19,000 "shestdesyatdvoek."