JSC “Zavod “Dvigatel” is the oldest Russian producer of marine underwater weapons.
The enterprise’s history began in 1835, when Mechanical ironworks “Lessner” was founded. In short time it turned into one of Saint Petersburg’s largest advanced enterprises. The plant manufactured steam engines, water-tube boilers and presses for explosives-making.
The plant executed orders for the Russian Navy since 1877 and became the first private enterprise to produce mines and torpedo tubes.
The plant developed the first self-propelled Whitehead mine (torpedo) in 1883, which determined its further line of work. Russian specialists upgraded the mine and established the production of domestic torpedoes.
The first Russian semi-submarine “Keta” was built at “G.A. Lessner” in 1905.
The plant was nationalized and put on hold after the October Revolution, in 1919. It was launched again in 1927 under a new name – “Dvigatel” (“engine”). Its revival began in 1931 and the plant turned into a well-equipped large-scale manufacturer.
The plant was awarded the Order of the October Revolution in 1982 due to its great performance in creating new pieces of marine underwater weapons.
The enterprise was incorporated by Tactical Missiles Corporation as part of JSC “Concern “Sea Underwater Weapon - Gidropribor” in 2015.
“Zavod “Dvigatel” has designed and produced marine underwater weapons for the Russian navy for more than 130 years. The enterprise has manufactured export products for 40 years and shipped them to 14 countries. It designed and produced the first electric, self-homing and remotely-controlled torpedoes. Possessing unique technology and vast experience the plant is able to produce state-of-the-art, reliable and well-worked equipment.
Main production types:
- multi-purpose remotely-controlled self-homing torpedoes;
- bottom and mobile mines as well as mine systems;
- acoustic countermeasure systems;
- underwater mobile vehicles for divers transportation;
- emergency-rescue and shipborne equipment.