Degtyarev plant

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The Degtyarev plant (officially the Open Joint Stock Company "V.A.Degtyarev Plant", Russian: ОАО Завод имени В.А. Дегтярёва, commonly abbreviated as ЗиД (ZiD), English : ОАО Zаvоd Imeni V.А. Dеgtyrevа (ZiD) ) is one of the most important weapon-producing enterprises of Russia

Founded in Kovrov in 1917, the firearms plant has been supplying Russian and Soviet armed forces with weapons ever since. Weapons such as the Degtyarev anti-tank rifle (PTRD), the Degtyarev infantry machine gun (DP-28), the Shpagin submachine gun (PPSh-41) and the Goryunov heavy machine gun (SG-43 Gorunov) were created at the plant.

Presently the Degtyarev plant is producing revolvers, machine guns, aircraft guns, anti-aircraft guns, anti-tank guns and rocket systems.

The plant also makes a range of civilian products: motorcycles (i.e. Voskhod), mopeds, micro-tractors, sewing machines and accumulator batteries.


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