GAZ 66 Shishiga was the most mass all-wheel drive biaxial truck in the Soviet Army and in the national economy of the USSR. Over the years of operation, many modifications, specialized for combat missions and civilian tasks, from dump trucks to passenger buses, have come out.

Vadim Zadorozhny’s Museum of Equipment, Moscow

Years of production: 1964-1999

Country of origin: USSR

Issued: 965,941 unit

Weight: 3.5 t

Power: 120 hp

Speed: 90 km / h

The GAZ-66 is a Soviet and later Russian 4×4 all-road (off-road) military truck produced by GAZ. It was one of the main cargo vehicles for motorized infantry of the Soviet Army and is still employed in former Soviet Union countries. It is nicknamed shishiga (шишига), shisharik (шишарик)/shehsherik (шешерик), trueman (in Siberia).

Almost one million vehicles of this type were built for both military and civil use. The GAZ-66 has gained legendary status in many countries around the world due to its reliability, simplicity and off-road capability. Since the 1960s, the GAZ-66 has been popular with armed forces and off-road enthusiasts. Production ceased in 1999, with the GAZ-3308 being produced instead.

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