KV-4 (Object 224) Kruchyonyh

Soviet Union (1941) Super Heavy Tank – Blueprints Only A few months prior to the German invasion of the USSR in 1941, the Soviets started a heavy tank program based on rumors of German heavy tank developments. One of the outcomes was the KV-4 competition, which involved 27 different tank proposals. The heaviest of them…

T-72 Ural-1 in Romanian Service

Socialist Republic of Romania/Romania (1978-2005) Main Battle Tank – 31 Purchased from USSR Romania is relatively well-known for its own tank development projects, such as the TR-85-800 and TR-77-580, the latter entering production in 1978. Yet, just the previous year, after increasing pressure for rearmament for the Warsaw Pact members, the Socialist Republic of Romania…

IS-M (Shashmurin)

Soviet Union (1944) Heavy Tank – Drawings Only Click here to partake! Just months after the IS-2 began production, work began on developing a new heavy tank to replace it down the line. Engineer N. F. Shashmurin and his team envisioned an unusual tank, meant as a direct IS-2 upgrade, the IS-M. The most notable…

KV-4 (Object 224) K.T.T.

Soviet Union (1941) Super Heavy Tank – Blueprints Only The KV-4 program started in March of 1941 at LKZ (Leningrad Kirov Factory), after rumors of the development of German heavy tanks. Instead of undergoing a conventional design path, J. Y. Kotin, head of the project, suggested a competition between engineers and the best entries to…

KV-4 (Object 224) Kresavsky

Soviet Union (1941) Super Heavy Tank – Blueprints Only The KV-4 program can be regarded as one of the most unsuccessful and short-lived tank design ideas of the Soviet Union during the WW2 period. This is especially true considering its expectations, the caliber of the engineers behind it, J. Y. Kotin and N. L. Dukhov,…

KV-4 (Object 224) Tseits

Soviet Union (1941) Super Heavy Tank – Blueprints Only The KV-4 heavy tank program was started in April of 1941, based on an illusion of Soviet Intelligence services, which claimed that the Germans were working on a 90-tonne heavy tank. Design was undertaken at the LKZ factory via a competition of engineers. Amongst them was…

TMA-83 and TMA-79

Socialist Republic of Romania (1984-1990) Medium Artillery Tractor – 200+ Built The TMA-83 (Tractor Mijlociu de Artilerie, Eng: Medium Artillery Tractor) was a Romanian medium artillery tractor meant to replace Soviet artillery tractors in service, but also work side by side with Soviet counterparts, namely the ATS-59 and ATS-59G. However, due to mechanical problems with…

KV-4 (Object 224) Mikhailov

Soviet Union (1941) Super Heavy Tank – Blueprints Only The KV-4 program started in spring 1941 as the response to rumors of German heavy tank development. A design competition between engineers at LKZ in Leningrad was held, with several designs awarded, though most others were ignored. One of these was the design proposed by P.P….

TAR-76

Socialist Republic of Romania/Romania (1977-2005) Light Artillery Tractor – Around 100 Built The TAR-76 (Tractor de Artilerie Românesc, Eng: Romanian Artillery Tractor) was a light Romanian artillery tractor meant for towing 122 mm, 152 mm howitzers and their crews, as well as 57 mm AA guns. It was based on recycled Soviet AT-L tractors and…

KV-4 (Object 224) Fedorenko

Soviet Union (1941) Super Heavy Tank – Blueprints Only In the spring of 1941, with the alleged new of a new German super-heavy tank under development, the Soviets triggered the development of several heavy tank programs. One of them was the KV-4, or Object 224. The LKZ factory in Leningrad was tasked with developing these…

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