Tuesday, 21 August 2018

T-34 Prices

Makarov and Zheltov, the leading researchers of the history of the T-34 tank and the mind behind t-34inform.ru, a site that I often quote, came up with a rather interesting summary table of the cost of T-34 tanks throughout the wartime years. The cost is given in thousands of rubles.

Factory
Tank
1940
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
Factory #183
T-34
433.1
251.9
243.8 ¹
162.1
166.3 ¹
136.6 2
-
-
T-34-85
-
-
-
-
142.1
135.4 6
Factory #112
T-34
-
286.4
209.7
179.3 2
-
-
T-34-85
-
-
-
-
174.9
170.2
Factory #174
T-34
-
-
312.7
210.8 2
200.9 3
175.3 2
-
T-34-85
-
-
-
-
177.8
179.6 7
STZ
T-34
-
309.2
179.1
-
-
-
ChKZ
T-34
-
-
200.4
175.9
-
-
Uralmash
T-34
-
-
212.0 4
174.0 5
-
-


  1. Top: cost of a tank equipped with a radio. Bottom: cost of a tank without a radio.
  2. Cost of a tank with a commander's cupola and a radio.
  3. Cost of a regular T-34 tank with a hull produced at the factory (a regular T-34 with a subcontracted hull cost 198,000 rubles). 
  4. Cost as of September of 1942.
  5. Cost as of September of 1943.
  6. Cost during the first half of 1945.
  7. Cost during the first quarter of 1945.
The cost of one tank includes the following:
  • Cost of materials
  • Cost of half-manufactured products (both subcontracted and not) and subcontracted parts
  • Cost of fuel and electric energy
  • Employee salaries and interest
  • Startup costs for new production
  • Cost of services from subcontractors
  • Wear and tear for specialized instruments and tools
  • Additional direct costs
  • Plant costs
  • General factory costs
  • Loss due to QA rejection
  • Non-manufacturing costs

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