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Soviet heavy tank, nicknamed "Pike", joined the parade crew of the UMMC museum complex

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Soviet heavy tank, nicknamed "Pike", joined the parade crew of the UMMC museum complex

Verkhnyaya Pyshma (Sverdlovsk region)

The IS-3 tank has appeared in the museum of military equipment. He was delivered on a car platform. The combat vehicle can move under its own power, but it was decided to keep it: the age of the tank is more than 70 years, and it can be operated without harm to the original components and mechanisms only at a constant above-zero temperature, which is expected only in April.

The tank was lowered from the trawl using two powerful cranes with a total lifting capacity of 130 tons.

From - for the characteristic shape of the upper frontal part of the hull, the IS-3 received the nickname "Pike". The abbreviation IS stands for "Joseph Stalin" - the official name of the series of Soviet heavy tanks produced in 1943-1953. Index 3 corresponds to the third production model of the tank of this family.

The Pike was put into production in the last days of the Great Patriotic War, so the tank did not have time to take part in the battles, but attracted the attention of the whole world at the Berlin parade Allied victories in World War II.

IS-3 features enhanced armor protection and a low profile that makes the tank unobtrusive. According to Ivan Silchenko, a researcher at the UMMC museum complex, the IS-3 “was one of the most formidable tanks of that time. It was created by Soviet engineers during the war. And in the post-war period it was still in service with the USSR and the armies of the allies of the Soviet Union for a long time. ”

The new exhibit will take a well-deserved place in the exhibition center“ Parade crew ”, which is part of the UMMC museum complex. The exposition of the "Parade Crew" presents running samples of military equipment from the period of the 1930s-1940s. They annually take part in solemn processions in Verkhnyaya Pyshma in honor of Victory Day. This year, the festive convoy will consist of 39 historical combat vehicles. Nine of them will for the first time pass along the main avenue of the copper capital of the Urals.

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