Monday, 3 July 2017

New Gun for the T-34

"On arming the T-34 with an 85 mm gun instead of the 76 mm F-34 gun

In order to improve the artillery armament of the T-34 tank, the State Committee of Defense decrees that:
  1. The 85 mm tank gun designed by TsAKB (comrade Grabin) is accepted into service and named "85 mm tank gun model 1944 (S-53)".
  2. T-34 tanks, starting with January of 1944, will be armed with the 85 mm tank gun model 1944 (S-53), installed with the stock turret ring, instead of the 76 mm F-34 gun.
  3. Implement the following plan for transferring to producing T-34 tanks with 85 mm guns in NKTP factories:
    1. January: 25
    2. February: 100
    3. March: 300
    4. April: 800
      and then, starting with May, produce only T-34 tanks with 85 mm guns.
  4. The NKO (comrades Yakovlev and Fedorenko) must supply tank factories with, and the NKV (comrade Ustinov) must produce the following amount of 85 mm guns for rearming T-34 tanks and SU-85 SPGs on the T-34 chassis:
    1. January: 270
    2. February: 400
    3. March: 650
    4. April: 1000
    5. May: 1650
  5. To ensure the production of T-34 tanks and SU-85 SPGs on the T-34 chassis, approve the following plan to transition to production of 85 mm tank guns instead of 76 mm F-34 tank guns:
Factory
System
January
February
March
April
May
92
76 mm ZIS-3
1100
1100
1100
1100
1100
57 mm ZIS-2
200
200
200
200
200
76 mm F-34
1150
1000
700
400
-
85 mm S-53
35
150
300
600
950
13
76 mm F-34
400
200
-
-
-
85 mm S-53
-
50
150
250
400
8
85 mm AA gun
200
200
200
200
200
85 mm D-5
35
50
100
150
300
9
122 mm M-30
300
300
300
300
300
85 mm D-5
200
150
100
-
-
122 mm D-25
40
70
125
160
160
152 mm D-1
15
15
15
15
15
Chair of the Committee of Defense, I. Stalin"

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