Wednesday, 28 December 2016

MS-1 Production Plans

"November 6th, 1928

To the State Izhor Factory (GIZ)

The Bolshevik factory writes to you with a proposal to produce armoured hulls for the T-18 according to blueprints and technical requirements from the Bolshevik factory. The order can be fulfilled in whichever of two variants you prefer:


  1. The Izhor factory produces armoured plates and, having finished and tested them via artillery trials, passes them on to the Bolshevik factory to make hulls.
  2. The Izhor factory produces armoured plates and, having finished and tested them via artillery trials, assembles the hulls. All necessary forged and cast materials necessary for assembly of the hulls, without mounting openings, are transferred to the Izhor factory.
Deadlines:
  1. Armour or hulls for 85 vehicles are due in 1928-1929. The last batch is due before August 15th, 1929.
  2. Armour or hulls for 185 vehicles are due in 1929-1930.
Detailed deadlines will be established when the order requirements are finalized. The factory is asked to reply promptly regarding the feasibility of these deadlines and the cost of the order.

Blueprints and technical conditions are attached.

Assistant Director, Technical Department."

"To the management of the Bolshevik steel casting factory

To your request from November 6th of this year regarding the feasibility of producing armoured steel for tanks I reply that a detailed request was sent to the Metals Directorate and Supreme Soviet of the National Economy, and necessary loans were requisitioned in connection with this work. The decision regarding this question lies with the aforementioned organizations.

Factory Manager Marchenko."

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