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GAZ-69
Gaz69-2
Manufacturer GAZ (1953-1955)
UAZ (1954-1972)
Also called UAZ-69 (1954-1972)
ARO Muscel M-59 (Romania)
Production 1953-1972
Predecessor GAZ-67
Willys MB
Successor UAZ-469
Class Light truck
Layout FR layout
Related UAZ-469
UAZ-450
2P26
GAZ 46

GAZ-69 is a four wheel drive light truck, produced by GAZ (ГАЗ, or Gorkovskij Awtomobilnyj Zavod) between 1953 and 1955. From 1954 until 1972 it was produced by UAZ, as UAZ-69, though they were commonly known as GAZ-69s as well.

Basic variant GAZ-69 has a pair of doors only and most often appears with standard canvas top and upper sides. Further variant GAZ-69A (UAZ-69A) has two pair of doors. It was also produced under licence by ARO in Romania, as Muscel M-59, later modernized as the Muscel M-461. From the UAZ-69 there were developed off-road van and light truck UAZ-450 and newer jeep UAZ-469.

Military useEdit

Albanian Army GAZ

A GAZ-69 in Albania (since retired from service)

The GAZ-69 was the basic light off-road vehicle of the Soviet Army, replacing GAZ-67s and Willys Jeeps. The GAZ-69 was itself replaced with the UAZ-469.

It was also used as the basis for the 2P26 tank destroyer - see AT-1 Snapper - as well as for the GAZ 46 MAV, a light 4x4 amphibious vehicle, whose design was largely copied from the World War II Ford GPA 'Seep'.

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