"To the Chief of the Tank Directorate of the GBTU, Engineer-Colonel comrade Afonin
The poorly organized and irresponsible actions of the factory management as well as a lack of responsibility and assistance from the NKTP in the organization of a new tank factory throughout the first half of 1943 led to a drop in the quality and quantity of T-80 tanks produced at factory #40.
Taking all that into account, the People's Commissar of Medium Machinebuilding comrade Akopov gave an order that would result in production of T-80 tanks in sufficient quantity and quality. One would think that the factory management should instantly change its course and mobilize the factory staff to perform their tasks.
As of today, parts that violate the blueprints and technical requirements are still sent to assembly. For instance:
- During disassembly and measurement of the first gear, not a single part was found that met blueprint dimensions and technical requirements. The final drive was the same.
- Unacceptable parts continue to be sent to the assembly pipeline. Not a single main clutch or final drive has been assembled from parts made at factory #40.
- Workshop #7 QA passed gun mantlet #82 and elevation mechanism #23. During assembly of the vehicle both parts were rejected. It was established that the main components deviate from the design.
- Assembly is generally done with unlabelled parts.
- The main clutch is tested on a test bench that does not meet any established requirements.