The “Father” missiles for the “Tornado”, “Hurricane” and “Smerch” turned 80

The legendary scientist, engineer and designer Nikolai Makarovts turned 80 years old. For 30 years he headed the largest enterprise NPO “SPLAV”, which is known to the whole world as a developer of multiple launch systems “Smerch”, “Uragan” and “Tornado”.

Nikolai Alexandrovich was born in the Ukrainian town of Krolevets, survived the German occupation. In his student years he mastered the virgin lands, was awarded the medal “For the development of virgin lands.”

After graduating from the Tula Mechanical Institute, he got into the Altai Scientific Research Institute of Chemical Technology in Biysk. It was there that he received the first “design” award – for developing the charge of the engines of the RT-2 rocket, he was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor.

In the 70s he was busy developing solid-fuel engines for an intercontinental ballistic missile. Then Makarovets became the winner of the Lenin Prize.

In 1985, Nikolai Alexandrovich stood at the helm of the Tula defense enterprise SPLAV. Under his leadership, the Smerch multiple launch rocket launcher was launched. Also, from its submission, the whole scattering of missiles for the Tornado-G, Tornado-S, Uragan-1M systems, as well as an 80-mm airborne rocket, entered the series.

Nikolay Makarovets has found a way to attach the spent shells from artillery shells and MLRS missiles into a peaceful life. For this he was awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation. In the “dashing 90s”, Makarovets not only retained the enterprise, but also, together with Rosoboronexport, brought our “jet” products to the world market.

Nikolay Makarovets – holder of the Orders of Lenin, the October Revolution, the Red Banner of Labor, For Services to the Fatherland, II and III degrees. In 1997, he was awarded the highest Russian award, the title of Hero of the Russian Federation.

Nikolai Alexandrovich – author of over 170 inventions and 350 scientific papers. Now he is the head of the Department of Missile Weapons at Tula State University.

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