GAZ-66 light truck traversing difficult terrain.
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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.
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.
The GAZ-66 is unarmed in its baseline configuration. However, it is used to transport or tow various weapon systems. These include the 120mm 2B11 mortar and 14.5mm ZPU and 23mm ZU-23 anti-aircraft guns.
The GAZ-66 is a softskin vehicles and does not feature armor or mine protection. There are no NBC system or smoke grenade dischargers.
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.
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.
GAZ-66 light truck chassis fitted with van body.
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The GAZ-66 is a 2 t light tactical truck on a 4x4 chassis. The baseline vehicle is fitted with a flatbed cargo body with tarpaulin cover. Variants include several types of command post vehicles, NBC decontamination vehicle, light crane, water tanker, etc.
Aside the various types of rear body, the chassis was produced with several options. These include the fitting or lack of a central tire pressure system, shielded electrical systems and winch.
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