Russian and Belarus to create a joint venture to produce all-terrain vehicle ATV TASS 10812152

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Russian and Belarus to create a joint venture to produce all-terrain vehicle ATV.
A joint venture is being set up in Russia’s Republic of Komi to produce an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) from Minsk-based BelGAZavtoservis, the latter’s deputy director general, Andrei Provatorov, told TASS at the 5th Arctic - Today and Tomorrow International Forum.
     
A joint venture is being set up in Russia’s Republic of Komi to produce an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) from Minsk-based BelGAZavtoservis, the latter’s deputy director general, Andrei Provatorov, told TASS at the 5th Arctic - Today and Tomorrow International Forum. The basic Sadko family, left to right, GAZ-33088 Sadko, GAZ-330811 Vepr and GAZ-33081 Eger
     
According to Provatorov, the vehicle is in production in Belarus and is very popular with the Belarusian border guards and the staff of the national airport. "We are establishing the joint venture in Komi and, hence, will produce the all-terrain vehicle in Russia," he said.

Provatorov explained that the ATV had been developed on the initiative of the personnel having a wealth of experience in High North operations. "This is the third version in production in Belarus. The ATV negotiates any obstacles, swims across wet gaps and hauls 12 armed border guards or cargo of the same weight. Therefore, I hope the Russian Armed Forces will appreciate it," Provatorov said.

According to the deputy director general, the Gorky Automotive Plant (GAZ) represented by BelGAZavtoservis in Belarus makes 80% of the ATV’s components. In particular, the driveshaft was inherited from the GAZ-3308 Sadko all-drive model and the cab from Gazelle-Business. "We have covered the cylinder-shaped van with glass-fiber plastic and installed our in-house planetary gear. Now, the ATV comprises both GAZ’s and Belarusian know-how now," Provatorov added.

Streamlined ATV servicing and logistics arrangements are among its strengths. "The failure of a part will pose no problem, all the more so that the vehicle is extremely reliable. GAZ operates on a large scale in both Russia and Belarus, where there are many dealers that can easily replace or fix a faulty part," the deputy director general said.

He noted that the ATV was "an exclusive thing and pricey enough as well. Nevertheless, it is worth its salt and is superior to all Russian analogs in terms of cost effectiveness."

Provatorov said GAZ had had the ATV certificated "in Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan, and the vehicle’s certification in the Republic of Komi is nearing completion."
     
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