UVZ workers enjoy concert while loading T-90 tanks for Russian Army

Today, March 12, the largest tank factory in Russia, Uralvagonzavod, has delivered new tanks to the Russian army. Sources have indicated that the new batch was loaded onto specialized military rail transport. All of the T-90 Proriv tanks dispatched today are purported to be for Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine [Moscow prefers this term over ‘war’ or ‘invasion’ of Ukraine]. 

New T-90s for Russia: 125mm gun, HE ammo, missiles, space nav
Photo: Uralvagonzavod

Observers on the scene noticed that the new T-90s lacked the so-called cage armor above the tank’s turret. The specific Russian tank brigade[s] to receive the new combat vehicles is unknown. When questioned about the absence of cage armor, Uralvagonzavod responded, “Uralvagonzavod produces tanks based on the specifications of the Russian army.” BulgarianMilitary.com reminds us that one of the most recent batches of T-90s delivered to the army [in November 2023] was specifically equipped with cage armor. 

“The delivered machines have received several improvements about enhanced security and operational characteristics, necessary to safeguard crew lives and increase efficiency in combat missions,” stated the company’s press release. The exact quantity of tanks Uralvagonzavod dispatched today is not yet known.

UVZ workers enjoy concert while loading T-90 tanks for Russian Army
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Musical accompaniment

Today’s delivery of the new T-90 tanks was slightly different from the preceding ones. However, the variation wasn’t in the war machines produced, but rather in the factory environment. Uralvagonzavod hosted an extravagant musical concert for its workers

A concert was organized in the factory. Russian musical artists such as Denis Maidanov, the group “Zemlyane” and others, performed favorite Russian songs for the factory employees. This “phenomenon” is unusual. Up until now, Uralvagonzavod has been known for increasing work hours, as well as employee remuneration, by offering bonuses to their monthly salaries for exceeding plan expectations. 

UVZ workers enjoy concert while loading T-90 tanks for Russian Army
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In response to queries regarding exceeding plan expectations, Uralvagonzavod maintained that today’s order wasn’t random, but part of the corporation’s annual production and delivery plan.

The differences between the T-90

One of the most significant upgrades is the new turret design. The T-90 Proryv’s turret is equipped with the latest generation of armor protection, significantly enhancing its resistance to anti-tank weapons. The T-90 Proryv also features an advanced fire control system, comprising a panoramic sight with thermal imaging and automatic target tracking. In contrast, the original T-90’s fire control system is less sophisticated. 

UVZ workers enjoy concert while loading T-90 tanks for Russian Army
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There is also a notable difference in the powertrain. The T-90 Proryv boasts a more potent engine, delivering superior acceleration and maneuverability compared to the T-90. Not to mention, the Proryv also has an updated transmission and running gear for improved performance. 

Moreover, the T-90 Proryv comes equipped with a novel combat management system, permitting real-time data exchange with other units on the battlefield. Finally, the T-90 Proryv has a more sophisticated anti-mine system and a remote-controlled anti-aircraft machine gun, operable from within the tank’s confines.

Uralvagonzavod

Uralvagonzavod also referred to as UVZ, is a Russian machinery manufacturing entity situated in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. Known as one of the biggest scientific and industrial conglomerates within the country, its claim to global fame is its status as the world’s number one producer of main battle tanks. 

UVZ’s primary operations revolve around military productions, with a specific emphasis on the manufacturing of tanks. The company has been integral in rolling out globally recognized tank models. The most distinguishing among these is the T-72, a creation of Soviet design that has seen broad-based exports and usage worldwide. Another of their noteworthy creations is the T-90, which reigns as the most advanced tank in service with the Russian Ground Forces and Naval Infantry. In their offering of next-generation options, the company provides the T-14 Armata, a top-tier Russian main battle tank. 

The large-scale operations of Uralvagonzavod necessitate a robust workforce. Recent data points to an employee strength of approximately 30,000 individuals. This large pool covers a broad spectrum of jobs, spanning from engineers and designers to factory workers and administrative personnel. 

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

To cater to the wide-ranging manufacturing demands, the company utilizes a multi-shift system ensuring continuous production. Taking into consideration specific production schedules, this typically involves two or three shifts. While the exact number of shifts can fluctuate, the end goal remains consistent: maximizing efficiency and production output. 

Uralvagonzavod’s product portfolio extends beyond tanks. The company also manufactures an array of other products, including railway cars, road-construction machinery, agricultural equipment, and various other tools and machines. They also maintain a division solely committed to metallurgical production.

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