MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
In the technical unit of the Eastern Military District, stationed in the Republic of Buryatia, the first launch of the engine of the barrelless field rocket artillery system – BM-13, the legendary Katyusha of the Great Patriotic War, took place.
The task of the servicemen is to completely restore the car, which for a long time stood on the pedestal as a monument.
For the servicemen of the repair battalion, this is the first experience in restoring equipment from the Second World War.
Completed work on the restoration of the chassis, braking system, and steering. The engine was installed in its original place, the first start-up was carried out. The next step will be to check its performance in various conditions and loads.
Also, work is being completed on the repair of the gearbox, painting the body parts, the car cab. Wheels, starting system and transmission are serviced.
The main problem the craftsmen faced during the work was the lack of spare parts. Many parts were found and delivered from other cities in Russia.
The original engine could not be restored and was replaced with an exact copy. After a long search, the engine was taken from another city to a workshop and underwent major repairs.
All work is carried out taking into account the existing assembly diagrams, drawings and other technical documentation.
Recall that before that, the car was a monument on the Walk of Fame for mechanized equipment during the Great Patriotic War, on the territory of the headquarters of the combined arms association of the Air Defense Forces in the military town of Sosnovy Bor. At the initiative of the unit command, the rocket launcher was removed from the pedestal and delivered to the territory of the technical missile unit’s park for restoration work.
After full restoration, it is planned that the BM-13 “Katyusha” will take part in the Victory parades on May 9 on the main square of the city of Ulan-Ude, leading a mechanized column along with the legendary T-34 tank, which was also restored by the forces of military masters for the celebration 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.
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