Putin tours Uralvagonzavod, dispatches T-90M tanks to the Army

The Russian Federation President, Vladimir Putin, recently visited the Uralvagonzavod. Interestingly, his tour coincided with the delivery of the latest batch of T-90M Proryv tanks to the Russian military. 

Putin tours Uralvagonzavod, dispatches T-90M tanks to the Army
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Putin, accompanied by Denis Manturov, the Minister of Industry and Trade; Vladimir Yakushev, the President’s Plenipotentiary Representative in the Ural Federal District; and Alexander Potapov, the Uralvagonzavod’s [UVZ] General Director, toured various departments that manufacture state-of-the-art combat vehicles for the Russian military. During this visit, he conversed with the enterprise’s workers. 

Putin’s trip to the Uralvagonzavod began with a visit to their new transmission workshop. This specific workshop is being lauded as a unique production project by UVZ. 

Putin tours Uralvagonzavod, dispatches T-90M tanks to the Army
Photo by Ramil Sitdikov

The inauguration of this new workshop has proved beneficial for the company—it has led to a more streamlined production cycle and an increase in product quality, as reported on UVZ’s Telegram channel. Moreover, it has permitted the diversification of a range of high-tech products and has even resulted in decreased prices. Alexander Potapov, the head of UVZ, accentuated that this department is staffed by highly skilled specialists, proficient in leveraging state-of-the-art equipment.

Over 100,000 combat vehicles

During the Russian president‘s journey, his next stop was the Uralvagonzavod assembly plant. Far from an ordinary assembly plant, this is the crux of Russia’s tank production lines. With a history that surpasses the production of 100,000 military vehicles, it certainly stands unparalleled in the sphere of global tank manufacturing! 

Putin tours Uralvagonzavod, dispatches T-90M tanks to the Army
Photo by Samil Ritdikov

Infused with a diligent and dedicated spirit, the plant workers sustain round-the-clock operations, ceaselessly enhancing and augmenting the assembly line’s capacity. Their efforts are fueled by a deep understanding of tanks and their operators’ requirements. 

During his visit, President Vladimir Putin was privy to an exclusive, firsthand display of the construction process of these formidable war machines. He also reviewed the latest T-72B3M and T-90M Proriv tanks, products of Uralvagonzavod’s genius, all set to be dispatched for army service. Putin also spent plenty of time interacting with the industrious workers on the assembly line, who expressed their heartfelt appreciation to the president for his support of their establishment. According to UVZ’s press relations, Putin engaged significantly with the younger employees and deftly addressed their queries and interests. 

Putin tours Uralvagonzavod, dispatches T-90M tanks to the Army
Photo by Samil Ritdikov

President Putin’s trip to Uralvagonzavod marked his sixth visit. A statement by UVZ revealed the strong solidarity of the tank-building team. The workers at the assembly plant showed their complete endorsement and support for Russia’s president. 

Delivery of new tanks

In a well-timed coincidence with Putin’s visit, a fresh assortment of Russian T-90M tanks was delivered to the army. A video unveiled by the Russian manufacturer chronicles the event, showcasing open railway wagons freighted with these impressive tanks. 

However, unverified sources are suggesting some striking modifications to this batch of tanks, according to the information available on BulgarianMilitary.com. Unlike their usual factory versions, these specific tanks are reportedly stripped of air conditioning and even lack the “barrel bending” sensor normally found in the gun. 

Putin tours Uralvagonzavod, dispatches T-90M tanks to the Army
Photo by Simil Ritdikov

Interestingly, this delivery isn’t the first within a short span. In fact, it’s the second influx of tanks in just 24 hours! BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that on February 14th, another significant tank production facility in Omsk dispatched a batch of their latest T-80BVM tanks, the 2023 version.

Capacity

The exact number of T-90M tanks transferred to the Russian military forces by President Putin remains a mystery. Even the Kremlin, which confirmed Putin’s visit to the manufacturing site, did not disclose this information. Still, the images released by the Kremlin’s media service showcase multiple tanks awaiting final assembly, suggesting a new batch is likely to roll out within a few months. 

Simultaneously, the production proficiency of Uralvagonzavod has been indirectly validated by British intelligence. A recent statement from the British reports that Russia should not worry about any tank losses. Instead, its manufacturing capabilities can replace as many tanks as are lost in battle each month. The economic sanctions, intended to impact Russian capabilities, were countered by this information from Tsulata, confirming Russia’s strong military manufacturing strength.

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