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GAZ-66

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Tactical truck

  • ORIGIN
    USSR

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    Early 1960's

  • DESIGNER
    Gorky Auto Zavod

  • PRODUCTION
    1964 - 1999

  • PRODUCERS
    Russia - GAZ
    USSR - GAZ

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Good mobility
    Limited cost

Introduction

The GAZ-66 is a tactical truck of Soviet origin. It was developed in the early 1960's to replace the GAZ-67 and is a further development of the GAZ-62. The GAZ-66 was one of the most common light trucks in Soviet service and remains in widespread use today. It has been replaced in production by the GAZ-3308 Sadko.

Layout

The GAZ-66 is a further development of the GAZ-62 1.2 t light truck. It features a more powerful engine, stronger chassis and is larger in all dimensions. The engine is mounted under the steel two seat forward control cab. A wide variety of body types can be installed. Normally a flatbed with drop sides and tarpaulin cover is fitted.

Firepower

The GAZ-66 is unarmed. It is used to transport or tow various weapon systems, including the 120mm 2B11 mortar and 14.5mm ZPU and 23mm ZU-23 anti-aircraft guns.

Protection

The GAZ-66 is not armored and has no mine protection, NBC system or smoke grenade dischargers.

Mobility

The all wheel drive chassis and large wheels result in a good off road mobility. The maximum road speed is 90 km/h. A 123 hp diesel engine provides propulsion.

Users

The GAZ-66 was widely used by Soviet forces and exported to most of its allies. It remains in widespread use today, mainly in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Variants

GAZ-66

The GAZ-66 is a 2 t light tactical truck on a 4x4 chassis. The baseline vehicle is fitted with a flatbed with tarpaulin cover. Variants include various command versions, deconamination vehicle, crane, water tanker, etc. Besides the difference in rear body a large variety of models was produced, including the fitting or lack of central tire pressure system, shielded electrical systems and winch.

TypeTactical truck
Crew1 + 1 in cab (driver, passenger)
Length5.92 m
Width2.53 m
Height2.49 m (cab roof), 2.52 m (tarpaulin)
Ground clearance0.32 m
Weight4.1 t empty, 6.8 t max load
Ground pressure?
WheelbaseWheeled chassis, 4x4, 3.3 m wheelbase, 1.8 m track, 12.00 x 18 tires
Turn radius9.5 m
EngineGAZ-5441 V4 turbo diesel, 123 hp
Power ratio30.1 hp/t empty, 18.1 t max load
TransmissionManual, 5 forward, 1 reverse
Speed90 km/h on road
Fuel210 L
Range1.400 km
Wall?
Trench?
Gradient67% gradient, 44% slope
Fording1.2 m
ArmorNo
NBC equipmentNo
Night visionNo
SmokeNo
Remarks3.3 x 2.1 m load area, 2.3 t max load, 2 t towed load
Armament-
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