Open Joint Stock Company "V.A.Degtyarev Plant" [Degtyaryov Zavod, Zavod imeni Degrtyaryova] is one of the largest enterprises of Russia and the largest enterprise of Kovrov, Vladimirskaya Oblast. According to the results of 1998 OJSC "V.A.Degtyarev Plant" is on the 127th place in sales volume and on the 5th place in profit volume in Russia.
Founded in Kovrov in 1917 as the first machine-gun plant in Russia, the plant has been providing the Armed Forces of the country with infantry and gun weapons for over 80 years. Such remarkable samples of weapon as Degtyarev antitank rifle (PTRD), Degtyarev infantry machine-gun (DP), Shpagin machine pistol (PPSh), Goryunov heavy machine-gun (SG) were created at the plant. Many famous weapon-designers such as V.G.Fedorov, V.A.Degtyarev, G.S.Shpagin, S.G. Simonov, S.V. Vladimirov worked at the plant. They designed many well-known weapons such as Fedorov automat (1919), Degtyarev infantry machine-gun and its modifications for aircraft (1928) and tanks (1929), Degtyarev antitank rifle (1941) and Shpagin machine pistol (1941).
During recent years OJSC "V.A.Degtyarev Plant" has been producing revolver "UDAR" , machine-gun "KORD", aircraft guns "GSh-23" and "GSh-30", mount "98U" for fight with underwater diversioners, antitank system "KORNET-E", portable anti-aircraft missile system "IGLA", etc.
The nomenclature of civil production includes the wide scale of motor products (mini mopeds "ZiD-36 Ptakha", moped "ZiD-50 Pilot", road motorcycles "Sova-175" and "Sova-200", "ZiD-200", three-wheeler "Fermer", four-wheeler "ZDK-175-4ShP", a motor unit and a number of attachments and platforms for motorcycles), sewing machines of 0810 class for sewing leather and fur items, automatic curds packer M6-AR2T, storage batteries 6CT55 and 6CT60.
The military export program of the Vladimir region for 1999 was defined to make up US$ 700 million, according to the export plan approved by Chief of the Regional Administration. The program approved was based on the products of the Plant named after Degtyaryov (Zavod imeni Degrtyaryova) joint stock company, the Kirov Electric-Mechanical Plant, the Kovrov Mechanical Plant, the Signal Scientific Research Institute (Kovrov), the Muromteplovoz joint stock company (Murom) and All-Russia Scientific Research Institute of Synthesis of Mineral Raw Materials (Aleksandrov).
Machinery for packaging of cottage cheese into briquettes is produced by Degtyaryov plant (Kovrov, Vladimir Oblast). Comparatively inexpensive domestically produced milk processing equipment has appeared on the Russian market. There are a large number of domestic manufacturers producing processing and packaging equipment for the dairy industry. As a rule, this equipment is being produced in the framework of defense conversion programs by former defense enterprises, and has comparatively higher quality than previously domestically produced equipment.
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