Thursday, 6 February 2014

Factory #185 Experiments in 1939

Yet another list of experimental development, much of which never saw the light of day. There are some indexes here that may be unfamiliar to some readers. "100" refers to T-100, a competitor to the SMK and KV tanks. "111" is T-111, or Object 111, or T-46-5, developed by Koshkin, who would later go on to design the much more successful T-34. A-7 is, of course, the BT-7.


"List of experimental work at factory #185 for 1939, confirmed by the 8th Chief Directorate and ABTU

Vehicle or engine number
Item name
Schedule
Cost
Start
Finish
100
1st prototype, factory and army trials



July 1st
4,500,000
100
Blueprints and production of the first reference model



January 1st, 1940
2,000,000
111
Development of a prototype with the V-2 engine and processing of blueprints



November 1st

2,000,000
T-26
Suspension development




March 1st

2,000,000

T-26

Suspension trials



May 1st
800,000

T-26

Mass production blueprints



June 1st



T-40 SK
Torsion bar development and materials selection



April 1st, July 1st
15,000
Katal gearbox
(T-26)
Trials and engineering work



June 1st
100,000
Hydraulic clutch
Trials on the T-26, engineering work, production



June 1st
70,000
Steam engine (111)
Production, installation, trials on 111 vehicle



July 15th
300,000
150 hp steam engine
Production, installation on the T-26, trials



December 15th
450,000
120-130 hp diesel engine
Production, installation on a vehicle, trials



November 1st
1,750,000
Vehicle heating
Production and trials in various seasons



December 15th
9,000
T-26
Development and trials of tracks
May 1st
September 1st
480,000
Brakes and side friction clutches
Material selection, production, and trials
January 1st
October 15th
7,000
Engine starter
Development, production of two units
January 1st
August 15th
200,000
Mass produced vehicles
Design, production, and research into air filters
January 1st
October 1st
100,000

Mass produced vehicles

Oil filters
October 1st
November 1st
100,000
All vehicles
Increase electrical parts commonality
January 1st
November 1st

300,000

All vehicles

External light signals
January 1st
June 1st

25,000

Develop


A-7

Turret stabilizer

April 1st

September 15th

100,000

T-26

Mechanical loading mechanism

January 1st

June 1st

200,000

T-26


New rubber trials

January 1st

December 15th

100,000

T-26, A-7, T-28

Replacement of deficit materials




Third quarter

100,000

T-26, BT, T-28

Common smoke launchers for medium and heavy tanks







501,000


Chief of the 3rd department
of the 8th NKOP Main Directorate Mochalov"

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