The T-90 AA tank developed by the Molotov GAZ factory that won the tender but never entered mass production.
The situation in Soviet tank production changed radically in the second half of 1942. The experience in 1941 and the first half of 1942 clearly indicated new priorities. It was clear that T-34 production had to increase, as this tank turned out to be the optimal combat vehicle. It had the necessary mobility, decent armour, and powerful armament. The T-34 was often the only tank that could move cross-country in later 1941 and early 1942. The KV-1 was too heavy and the T-60 was too weak. The T-70 light tank that appeared in early 1942 was better than the T-60, but Soviet leadership had no illusions about it. It was clear by the spring of 1942 that the T-70 would not be built at as many factories as the T-60 was. The situation was difficult in the summer, and a decision was made to even spin up T-34 production in Chelyabinsk at the cost of decreasing KV production. Additionally, a decision to build the T-34 in Sverdlovsk at the site of the former factory #37 was made. Only two factories remained for the T-70: the Molotov GAZ in Gorky and factory #38 in Kirov. They would also have been used for T-34 production, but they proved unsuitable.
|Status of the work on AA tanks at the GAZ as of September 1942. AA tanks on the T-60 and T-70 chassis are mentioned. In reality, they only worked on the future T-90.
|The T-90 tank prototype, September 1942.
|Unlike Savin's tanks, the T-90 had a brand new turret.
|The DShKT at maximum elevation.
|The machine gun mount was shifted to the right. This made the turret roomier.
|The tarp that protected the crew from precipitation can be seen from this angle.
|T-90 tank during trials at the NIBT Proving Grounds, December 1942.
|The tank was a clear favourite in trials.
|The last attempt to put the T-90 into production. Too late and too naive.