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Tank Costs, 1943

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"To the Deputy Chair of the Council of People's Commissars, comrade Malyshev

I present to you a report on the cost of KV-1S, KV-8S, T-34, and T-70 tanks, their armament and optics.

Type

Cost w/o armament or optics

Cost of armament and optics

Cost of radio

Cost of hull and turret

Cost of engine

Cost of track links

KV-1S

225,000

32,287.95

12,000

65,000

27,000

Link: 105

Pin: 8

KV-8S

234,000

27,033.03

12,000

65,000

27,000

Link: 105

Pin: 8

T-34

135,000 (#183)

162,000 (##112, 174, UZTM, Kirov)

25,589.09 with PT-K

25,614.07 with PT-4-7

3,300

45,000

27,000

With tooth: 51.75

W/out tooth: 36.80

Grousers: 18.60

Pin: 2.40

T-34 (radio)

139,500 (#183)

166,500 (##112, 174, UZTM, Kirov)

25,589.09 with PT-K

25,614.07 with PT-4-7

T-34 (flame-thrower)

139,500 (#183)

166,500 (##112, 174)

31,711.84 with PT-K

31,836.82 with PT-4-7

T-70

61,300

7,702.80

12,500

7,000

Link: 22

Pin: 1

T-70 (radio)

63,800


Notes:
  1. The PT-K is installed when the PT-4-7 is not available.
  2. The cost of the vehicle includes the radio, hull, turret, engine, and tracks.
  3. The cost of a turret is approximately:
    1. KV: 10,000
    2. T-34: 5,000
    3. T-70: 2,400
  4. Starting from the second quarter, a new "miniature" radio will be installed on the T-34 and T-70, which costs 1,500 rubles.
  5. The KV uses a 10-R radio, the T-34 uses a 9-R radio.
Deputy Chief of the GBTU Tank Directorate, Engineer-Colonel Alymov
Chief of the 1st TU GBTU Department, Engineer-Lieutenant-Colonel Yegorov
March 6th, 1943"


It's interesting to compare these figures to costs from 1941 and 1942. Compared to 1941, the cost of a KV is 2-3 times lower, the cost of a KV hull is similarly reduced. However, the KV-1S was not only simpler, but lighter than the KV-1. Since the T-34 didn't go through such a process, the cost of a T-34 is only 1.5-2 times lower, the cost of a hull is about half as much. A V-2 engine also costs about half as much as it did in 1941. 

The T-70 in 1943 wasn't that much cheaper than a T-60 in 1941, but was also a much more radically changed tank.

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