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The famous gunsmith Arkady Shipunov died in Tula

On Thursday in Tula, at the age of 85, the outstanding Soviet designer, the developer of automatic small arms of aviation, sea and land-based Arkady Shipunov, died.

"Arkady Georgievich Shipunov, one of the outstanding Soviet and Russian weapons designers, has died today," follows from an unofficial blog post by the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies.

Shipunov Arkady G. (07.11.1927 g. - 25.04.2013 g.)
Designer of automatic aviation and not only artillery armament, general designer of instrument making design bureau (Tula)
Hero of Socialist Labor (1979)
Winner of the State Prize of the USSR (1968, 1975, 1981)
Winner of the Lenin Prize (1982)
Winner of State Prizes of the Russian Federation (1998 g., 1999 g.)

The famous gunsmith Arkady Shipunov died in Tula
A.G.Shipunov (photo 2012 g.)

Chief and Lead Designer:
Aviation gun GSH-23
Aviation gun GSH-6-23
Aviation gun GSH-301
Aviation gun GSH-30-2
Aviation gun GSH-6-30
Aviation machine gun GSHG-7.62

Shipunov Arkady Georgievich, born 07.11.1927, Livny of the Oryol Province.
In 1950, he graduated with honors from the Tula Mechanical Institute with a degree in Rifle and Artillery Systems and Installations. He began his labor activity in 1950 in the Scientific Research Institute-61 (later - TsNIItochmash) in the city of Klimovsk, Moscow Region, where he went from engineer to deputy chief engineer. In 1955, he defended his thesis for the degree of candidate of technical sciences.

From 1962 to 2006, he has headed the Instrument Engineering Design Bureau in Tula, making him the leading enterprise for the development of high-precision weapons anti-tank and anti-aircraft areas.
In 1973, he received the degree of Doctor of Technical Sciences, in 1975, the academic title of professor.
In 1984, he is elected a corresponding member of the USSR Academy of Sciences; in 1991, he is a full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Since 2008, A.G.Shipunov - Scientific Director of the VC “KBP”.

State awards of the Russian Federation and the USSR:
Hero of Socialist Labor (Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR (“closed”) from 1979, Order of Lenin and the Hammer and Sickle Medal)
Order of Merit for the Fatherland, II degree (October 28 2002)
Order "For Services to the Fatherland" III degree (November 7 1997) - for services to the state, a great personal contribution to the creation of special equipment and strengthening the country's defense [2]
Order of Lenin (1984)
Order of the October Revolution (1971)
Order of the Red Banner of Labor (1989)
Order Badge of Honor (1966)
Medal of Military Merit (1966)
Medal "In commemoration of the Vladimir Lenin's 100 anniversary" (1970)
Zhukov Medal (1996)

Winner of State Prizes of the USSR (1968, 1975, 1981)
Winner of the Lenin Prize (1982)
Laureate of State Prizes of the Russian Federation (1998, 1999)
Laureate of them. S.I. Mosin (1966, 1975, 1981, 1986, 2002)
Winner of the Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation in the field of science and technology (2005)
Winner of the Man of the Year Award (2000, 2005)

Freeman of Tula (November 14 1997) and the Tula region
Honorary Worker of Higher Professional Education of the Russian Federation (2000).

Corresponding Member c 26.12.1984 - Department of Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Automation (automated systems), Academician c 07.12.1991 - Section of Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering).

Many people know Arkady Shipunov as a talented gunsmith, but not everyone guesses that he was also a philosopher. Of his aphorisms would make a book.
"We must live by what you know how to do well",
- he always repeated. And in the Tula Instrument Design Bureau, which 35-year-old Shipunov headed in the 1962 year, they always knew how to make weapons. One of its first developments, the GS-23 aviation gun, named after its creators, Gryazev and Shipunov, immediately became a sensation. She equipped almost all military aircraft: fighters, attack aircraft, bombers, helicopters. Since then, all the inventions of the design bureau invariably entered into service, first in the Soviet and then in the Russian army.

“If you see a gun somewhere: on a BMP, or by helicopter, on an airplane, do not ask a stupid question: Whose is it? It was developed by the Tula Instrument Engineering Design Bureau and only,” said Arkady Shipunov.

“A well-fed person is less inclined towards creativity”, is another motto of Shipunov. So he usually answered everyone who complained about the modest salary of designers. Worked for the idea.

“If you don’t have a weapon, you are defenseless, and any activist can do anything with you. I don’t want our country, our Fatherland to be in that position. Why?”, Argued Shipunov.

That is why he did not go abroad. In the dashing 1990, when defense enterprises were closed one after another, Shipunov showed himself also as a skillful manager - he kept his own design bureau, and most importantly - the staff, managing to attract and attract foreign customers.

Together with his friend and colleague Vasily Gryazev, Shipunov arranged revolutions where, it seemed, everything had already been invented long before them. So it was with the gun GSH-18. Today he is in service with the Russian law enforcement agencies. There is still no release from orders from abroad.

"The question is, is it possible to raise the power of the shot? It turns out you can - for this you need to ease the bullet. And we made a cartridge with a bullet that weighs half as much," - said Shipunov.

Shipunov never discussed the tasks of the country's leadership, but immediately took up their implementation. Moreover, his thought often went ahead of opportunities that could only be imagined. “Weapons must be soldier’s,” he always repeated. Simple, reliable and cost-effective. In addition to guns for aviation, fleet and ground forces on the account of Shipunov anti-aircraft missile systems Tunguska and Kortik, anti-tank Metis and Fagot, artillery Krasnopol and Kitolov.

“Well, I don’t want to give in to any Americans, no British, no French. There is such a thing. It’s like sportsmen’s,” the designer compared.

Perhaps, it is difficult in our time to find a person who would be so in love with his business. Work did not let him even at home. Shipunov could not understand why the people of Tula complain of gunshots coming at night from the test site at the design bureau.

"When I heard guns firing at night through a dream, and I, of course, distinguished them from voices, as I heard that they work normally - this is also by ear - I always noticed that my face was distorted in a completely stupid, blissful smile, "- recalled Arkady Shipunov.

A pacifist by nature, a gunsmith by vocation, he himself loved to shoot his dash at his pleasure. Once he was invited to a small arms factory in Argentina, where the Russian delegation was offered to test a new pistol. The choice fell on Shipunova.

“I took off my shirt so as not to mess with butter, and stayed in such a half-naked form. And - from the hip with a pistol. I broke all the targets,” the gunsmith proudly told.

In recent years, almost no Victory Parade has done without Shipunov’s inventions. In 2013, May 9 on the pavement of Red Square will pass one of the latest developments of its design office - the complex "Pantsir-С1". The genius was so productive that it would be possible to arrange a separate parade from the equipment he created in his entire life.

In February there was an article on Arkady Georgievich on HE - Arkady G. Shipunov - famous Tula gunsmith
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  1. Ruslan67
    Ruslan67 April 26 2013 05: 10
    So all the same is true I didn’t want to believe There is no substitute for such people request Eternal and bright memory soldier
    1. Ruslan67
      Ruslan67 April 26 2013 05: 38
      Guys! no need to put pluses Raise the rating in the memory of such people is .. negative
      1. Pacifist
        Pacifist April 26 2013 12: 05
        Actually, being afraid you interpret a little wrong. In articles of this type and comments to them, plus means support and solidarity in the presentation of thought. So I don’t see anything wrong with putting a plus on the correctly stated thoughts of people.

        Essentially the article. Eternal memory to the great designer.
        1. Ruslan67
          Ruslan67 April 26 2013 15: 52
          Quote: Pacifist
          being afraid you interpret a little wrong.

          Probably request It’s just that the news took by surprise and stunned hi
    2. Sirocco
      Sirocco April 26 2013 07: 40
      I would like to hear from our media the same praise about this Great Designer, as well as about some who have recently died in England. I would like to see a series of programs about his creation. I think it will be fair. He deserved it. Remember, we grieve, we regret the loss of a talented person. (((((((((((
      1. patline
        patline April 26 2013 07: 44
        Glory to the Hero of Labor and eternal memory.
      2. cdrt
        cdrt April 26 2013 16: 09
        god with the media. Who knows who it is, mourns. The rest - what difference does it broadcast
      3. rolik
        rolik April 27 2013 00: 14
        Quote: Sirocco
        I would like to hear, from our media, the same praise about this Great Designer,

        Our media speaks only about Mr. Livshits.
        And the death of the PRESENT Russian man was a running line. But this is a running line for our liberals. For those who know and see, the death of Arkady Georgievich is a real grief. Woe that such people leave, thanks to whom they reckon with us in this world. And thanks to which there was always confidence in the future, in a free and strong country. Bright memory to true patriots.
      4. aksakal
        aksakal April 27 2013 03: 05
        Quote: Sirocco
        I would like to hear from our media the same praise about this Great Designer, as well as about some who have recently died in England. I would like to see a series of programs about his creation. I think it will be fair. He deserved it. Remember, we grieve, we regret the loss of a talented person. (((((((((((
        - Unfortunately, I saw this mournful news only from the specialized (military-technical) areas of the sites - ((((. The others didn’t even mention. But he died of sorrow and noise (okay M. Thatcher, still a very big politician ), but when designer S. Jobs died, which was equivalent or even smaller than the great Russian designer, it was several times bigger in the Russian media (!) !!!!!
        The media will have to be nationalized and then, possibly, privatized again. For the sake of profit, the Alisher Umanovs allow all these top and editor-in-chief too much, and they have long been planting some brazen Saxon coordinates of existence, planting "life according to Greenwich." But people live in Russia and want to live in their own coordinates. It's time to respond to people's requests for their media. It was proved to me that the market is when there is a quick and effective response to emerging demand. Therefore, I supported the market transformation in the 90s, although it was difficult. Here I see - even in this the damned liberals deceived. There is no "Market" and there is no "superpower" of the market to respond to demand. Hence the simple conclusion - BIG MARKET !!!!!
        Sleep well, Great Designer!
    3. kirieeleyson
      kirieeleyson April 26 2013 13: 11
      Land rest in peace, the great man left. One of the pillars of the NTR and the military-industrial complex of the Russian Federation.
    4. olegff68
      olegff68 April 26 2013 16: 17
      There is no substitute for such people, because it’s not just people who leave - the GREAT EPOCH leaves with them !!!
      The worst thing is if here the situation will develop as in Russian cinema - Papanov, Evstegneev, Rolan Bykov, etc. have gone. , and in their place came ... dullness. recourse
  2. Renat
    Renat April 26 2013 05: 12
    The list of merits and rewards is impressive. I hope I left behind talented students. Bright memory.
  3. Uncle lee
    Uncle lee April 26 2013 05: 12
    Condolences ..
  4. Sakhalininsk
    Sakhalininsk April 26 2013 05: 25
    Eternal memory to the great man and sincere condolences to relatives and students ...
  5. fenix57
    fenix57 April 26 2013 05: 30
  6. taseka
    taseka April 26 2013 05: 36
    Great man and patriot of Great Russia !!! Rest in peace!!
  7. mogus
    mogus April 26 2013 05: 46
    My condolences. There was a good constructor.
  8. VohaAhov
    VohaAhov April 26 2013 06: 15
    That era is gradually leaving. Gryazev, now Shipunov. Is there a replacement? Let's hope there is. I join in condolences. We grieve, remember.
  9. Antoxa_EKB
    Antoxa_EKB April 26 2013 06: 16
    Remember. Mourn soldier
  10. smel
    smel April 26 2013 06: 18
    Everlasting memory. And we can only hope that the country will be able to give birth to such people, and not just guards and bazaar traders
  11. aszzz888
    aszzz888 April 26 2013 06: 19
    May the salvos of ALL airguns created by him be a Salute in His Honor!
  12. konn
    konn April 26 2013 06: 50
    Good memory to the great gunsmith. Irreplaceable loss.
  13. valokordin
    valokordin April 26 2013 06: 58
    Serious loss Eternal to him the Glory and gratitude of his descendants, Eternal MEMORY A. Shipunov, Ex if it were not for Chubais.
  14. Belogor
    Belogor April 26 2013 07: 19
    The old guard is leaving, but will a new change be just as worthy?
  15. Metlik
    Metlik April 26 2013 07: 23
    People like Arkady Georgievich Shipunov are the true wealth of Russia.
  16. engineer74
    engineer74 April 26 2013 07: 30
    Blessed memory to Arkady Georgievich!
    The great ones are leaving ....
  17. knyazDmitriy
    knyazDmitriy April 26 2013 07: 41
  18. Majorloms
    Majorloms April 26 2013 07: 41
    Russia in general and KBP in particular have lost a good person. I do not say irreplaceable, for uncle - deputy. The director of security at this enterprise often says that in the last couple of years a lot of young engineers with golden hands have come, and most importantly - brains. All catch on the fly, plus the base is decent for everyone. There is a change! Russia will always bring forth outstanding specialists in its fields! The main thing is the demand and decent wages, and Arkady Georgievich and many, many professionals in their fields have filled the foundation - my respect!

    Rest in peace!
  19. Horde
    Horde April 26 2013 07: 54
    A lot of equipment and nerves spoiled SHIPUNOV enemies of Russia. ETERNAL GLORY TO THE FAITHFUL SON OF THE FATHERLAND.
  20. kudwar68
    kudwar68 April 26 2013 08: 00
  21. sys-1985
    sys-1985 April 26 2013 08: 12
    Bright memory. There aren’t any more (
  22. Bykov.
    Bykov. April 26 2013 08: 14
    Kingdom, to you, Heavenly.
    It remains hoped that the change will be worthy of its predecessors.
  23. Stalingradec
    Stalingradec April 26 2013 08: 32
    Kingdom of Heaven Arkady Georgievich!
    Bright memory and many human thanks for all that we have done for our Fatherland!
  24. darksoul
    darksoul April 26 2013 08: 41
    Very great sorrow ... when such people leave, it becomes scary who will develop weapons ... the outstanding designer has left ... the earth rest in peace, bright memory
  25. radio operator
    radio operator April 26 2013 09: 01
    Shipunov never discussed the tasks of the country's leadership, but immediately took on their implementation. Moreover, his thought often went ahead of opportunities that could only be imagined. “The weapon must be soldier's,” he always repeated. Simple, reliable and requiring a minimum of human costs.

    In the dashing 1990, when defense enterprises closed one after another, Shipunov also proved to be a skilled manager - he retained his own design bureau, and most importantly, staff, being able to interest and attract foreign customers.

    The great man is gone. But he left a team that will continue the affairs of Gryazev and Shipunov. Our task is not to lose the potential and hurt that they left.
    Kingdom of Heaven Arkady Georgievich.
  26. seller trucks
    seller trucks April 26 2013 09: 22
    I really want to believe that after himself Arkady Georgievich left good students, air guns may still be needed, a big loss, a size no less than Kalashnikov in small arms and Potkin in tank building. Everlasting memory.
  27. Kazakh number 1
    Kazakh number 1 April 26 2013 09: 22
    Imanda Bolsyn. He was a true patriot and genius.
  28. DAGESTAN333
    DAGESTAN333 April 26 2013 09: 27
    The bright memory of a great man.
  29. Garysit
    Garysit April 26 2013 09: 29
    Eternal and bright memory to Arkady Grigoryevich! Land him rest in peace. The last of the Mohicans leave, God forbid, the students were worthy of their teachers!
  30. Phantom Revolution
    Phantom Revolution April 26 2013 09: 29
    It is a pity for a great man ..... what era of the Soviet people is leaving .......
  31. DEfindER
    DEfindER April 26 2013 09: 48
    This man made a huge contribution to our calm future with you, his weapons were created not to kill, but rather not to allow war, if not for him, it would be scary to imagine how our sworn friends would have unbelted ..
    Land in peace, GREAT MAN!
  32. revnagan
    revnagan April 26 2013 09: 51
    No words. Eternal memory to another talented Russian Lefty. Sorry, very.
  33. avt
    avt April 26 2013 10: 01
    Everlasting memory . hi The Great Engineer of the generation of Winners is gone!
  34. Black Colonel
    Black Colonel April 26 2013 10: 08
    Eternal memory and the Earth rest in peace to him! There would be more such craftsmen. As he once said: "A complex weapon will do. You try to create a simple one!" (doc film, which I don't remember) They showed him and Gryazev with their 30 mm air cannon (I don't remember which one, too lazy to google) So the cannon was unstoppable with a single slight blow from the mallet, and then disassembled into knots within seconds. Into the GENIUS!
  35. Ezhaak
    Ezhaak April 26 2013 10: 44
    May the kingdom be with him and may the earth rest in peace.
  36. PDM80
    PDM80 April 26 2013 10: 54
    Rest in peace. glory to the hero
  37. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith April 26 2013 11: 19
    Rest in peace. Legends are leaving.
  38. 1c-inform-city
    1c-inform-city April 26 2013 11: 38
    Bright memory! Let his talent and hard work be embodied in his students and followers.
  39. Vtel
    Vtel April 26 2013 11: 38
    Russia is rich in talents. Everlasting memory!
  40. Naval
    Naval April 26 2013 11: 42
    The most talented scientist and most importantly the patriot of his homeland. Everlasting memory! Remember, Mourn!
  41. ed1968
    ed1968 April 26 2013 11: 54
    what can we say really great man was not even a man but a human being the memory of him will despise and protect the peace of the Motherland of Russia for a long time, it is a pity that such people are born in Russia extremely rarely pleasant dreams to you Arkady Georgievich
  42. KOSMOS
    KOSMOS April 26 2013 12: 25
    Thanks a lot to the legendary designer and patriot! For a great contribution to the defense of our country! Everlasting memory!
  43. volan
    volan April 26 2013 12: 34
    What kind of person has passed away !!! Bright memory to him!
  44. Garrin
    Garrin April 26 2013 12: 34
    Very sad! Brilliant designers and great people are leaving.
  45. Net
    Net April 26 2013 12: 46
    Peace be upon the LORD of the soul ARKADY GEORGIEVICH. Very sad news. A wonderful man and a great DESIGNER passed away. A bright memory.
  46. Geokingxnumx
    Geokingxnumx April 26 2013 12: 52
    rest in peace soldier
  47. Vyalik
    Vyalik April 26 2013 13: 00
    Very sad news. The GREAT DESIGNERS are gone, but there is hope for their students that they will continue the work of the GREAT TEACHERS Vasily Gryazev and Arkady Shipunov. Peace be upon the soul of Arkady Georgievich Shipunov.
  48. gland
    gland April 26 2013 13: 03
    Everlasting memory...
  49. k220150
    k220150 April 26 2013 13: 04
    Great Gryazev and Shipunov, ingenious creative engineers, and what PEOPLE! Recall the Invincible. We are proud and remember.
  50. cherkas.oe
    cherkas.oe April 26 2013 13: 28
    It’s a misfortune, there wasn’t one more hero of our land, let it just live when such people live closer together in their souls, talented young people grow faster under their eyes and thieves are quieter and the rulers remember who and what they owe to. eternal memory and glory to Arkady Georgievich.