Unique amphibian “Blue Bird” is being modernized in Russia

The Blue Bird amphibians, which are the only search and evacuation vehicles in Russia that take part in the launch and landing of manned spacecraft, will undergo modernization. This was reported on the eve by representatives of the press service of the Central Military District.




Recall that the PEM-1 and PEM-2 Blue Bird are designed to search for and evacuate astronauts after landing. The three-axis amphibian is created on the basis of the ZIL-4906 all-terrain vehicle. The first prototype floating rescue vehicle was built in 1971 and was produced from 1975 to 1991. In the early 90s, the previously classified production of all-terrain vehicles "went" to the JSC "All-terrain vehicle GVA".

Amphibian "Blue Bird" is presented in the cargo and cargo-passenger version. The power of the all-terrain vehicle, depending on the configuration, ranges from 136 to 185 horsepower. There are options with a gasoline and diesel engine. Suspension - independent torsion, transmission - ten-speed.

According to the representative of the Central Military District, the navigation and radio communication equipment will undergo modernization in the first place. In addition, heating and air conditioning systems will be improved, as well as body repairs. In this case, the appearance of the machine will remain the same.
Photos used: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
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  1. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 6 November 2019 15: 13
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    Interestingly, what principle of the economy did not allow the Blue Bird to fall apart? Here GAZ runs through our streets and it goes bankrupt, but I just read about the Blue Bird.
    1. isofat Offline
      isofat (Sergei) 9 November 2019 00: 34
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      After the death, in 1978, of the designer Grachev Vitaly Andreevich, they did not come up with new machines, they produced mastered ones. If the production of the Blue Bird is still possible, it is only thanks to the enthusiasm of the former SKB employees and people who are in love with this machine, contrary to all the principles of the economy.
      PS The manufacture of the Blue Bird was piece-wise, i.e. by the production site of OGK SKB ZiL.
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    Upmost (Innocent) 5 December 2019 04: 51
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    The three-axis amphibian is created on the basis of the ZIL-4906 all-terrain vehicle

    Where is the ZIL plant itself?
    Profiled "effective managers"?
    He produced so many different necessary products, and was located in the capital, and sank into oblivion.
    Shame, it would be better if GAZ had sunk there, anyway, it didn’t release anything worthwhile. Especially in the post-Soviet era.
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    Upmost (Innocent) 5 December 2019 04: 53
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    Quote: isofat
    new machines were not invented, produced mastered

    Well, why then will such people be released then?

    The whole plant is .... whether .... but here they are going to produce unique cars.

    Will they again sculpt “from what was”, another hodgepodge?
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  5. isofat Offline
    isofat (Sergei) 10 January 2020 00: 47
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    There is a wonderful film about the designer Grachev Vitaly Andreyevich, voiced by V. Lanova, it’s not difficult to find - Blue Bird, ZIL. Look for those who are interested, you will not regret it. The film lasts a long time, so I limited myself to a link to this video about the "Blue Bird" (3 min.).