Military-Industrial Commission of the USSR

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The Military-Industrial Commission of the USSR or VPK (Russian: военно-промышленная комиссия) served as a central management body for the Soviet defence industry from 1957 to 1991. The VPK was a Commission of the Presidium of the Council of Ministers, and a deputy chairman of the Council headed it. The Soviet VPK's primary function was to facilitate plan fulfillment by easing bottlenecks, enforcing inter-ministerial cooperation, and overseeing the availability of resources.[1]


The VPK was officially formed in December 1957.[2]

Chairmen of the VPK[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Odom, The Collapse of the Soviet Military, p20.
  2. ^ Chertok, Rockets and People, Volume III: Hot Days of the Cold War, p2
  3. ^ Encyclopedia Astronautica, Ustinov
  4. ^ Encyclopedia Astronautica, Smirnov