April 11, a postage stamp dedicated to the 75th anniversary of JSC “Research and Production Corporation Konstruktorskoye Byuro Mashinostroyeniya” is issued


Research and Production Corporation Konstruktorskoye Byuro Mashinostroyeniya was founded by a Decree of the State Defense Committee No 1576 dd 11 April 1942 specifically to develop mortar weapons used during World War II. From the first post-war years till now, JSC “RPC KBM” develops remote-controlled weapon stations in four fields — man-portable air-defense systems, anti-tank guided missiles, short-range tactical ballistic missile systems, and an active protection systems.

JSC “RPC KBM” is the world’s leader and the only Russian company that manufactures man-portable air-defense systems. The company has developed a whole series of such systems — the 9K32 Strela–2, 9K32M Strela–2M, 9K34 Strela–3, 9K38 Igla, 9K310 Igla–1 and 9K338 Igla–S. As for anti-tank weapons, JSC “RPC KBM” devised the 3M6 Shmel , the first Soviet anti-tank guided missile, and the 9M14 Malyutka, the most widely produced anti-tank guided missile of all time. Since 1970s, the 9K79 OTR-21 Tochka, 9К79-1 Tochka–U and 9K714 OTR-23 Oka, as well as the world-famous 9K720 Iskander, have entered service with the army. 

The postage stamp depicts the 9K720 Iskander short-range tactical ballistic missile system and the JSC “RPC KBM” building.

Additionally, JSC “Marka” has manufactured first day covers and first day postmarks for Moscow and Kolomna, Moscow Oblast.

Design: A. Povarikhin.
Face value: 19 RUB.
Size of stamp: 37×37 mm, size of sheet: 131×131 mm.
Form of issue: sheet with illustrated margins of 9 (3×3) stamps.
Circulation: 225,000 stamps (25,000 sheets).

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