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Soviet Tanks

For decades, the Soviet Union placed a high priority on fielding a large and capable armored fighting force - to be spearheaded by the all-important tank.

There are a total of 49 Soviet-era Tanks in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by initial year of service. This listing also includes tanks adopted during the Soviet years (as well as Lend-Lease tanks). A complete list of Russian Tanks (including modern types and those passed on to the modern Russian military from the Soviet-era) see here. Flag images indicative of country of origin.


1990
BMD-3 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta)
The BMD-3 was a further installment in the relatively successful line of light amphibious, air-droppable infantry fighting ve...

1987
BMP-3 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)
Soviet Union engineers and factories garnered much experience in the massive armor battles against German and Axis forces tha...

1985
BMD-2 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta)
The BMD-2 was a further evolution of the BMD-1 line of amphibious light infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) intended to be air-d...

1982
BMP-2 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)
The Soviet Union introduced the concept of the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) with the adoption of its BMP-1 in 1966. The ty...

1976
T-80
The T-80 of the Russian Army was born in the era of the Soviet Empire during the Cold War. The type was a further evolution o...

1972
T-72 (Ural)
The Soviets/Russians have always maintained a penchant for successful (and globally popular) tank designs since they unveiled...

1969
BMD-1 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta)
Since the tactic of utilizing airborne troops came to lethal fruition in World War 2, there always lay the challenge of outfi...

1966
BMP-1 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)
The Soviet military was first major military power to widely adopt the concept of an "armored fighting infantry carrier" thro...

1966
T-64
The natural progression of Soviet tank design during the years following World War 2 eventually produced the T-64 Main Battle...

1961
T-62
After the end of World War 2, the Soviet military had officially replaced their war-winning T-34 Medium Tank series with the ...

1958
T-55
The T-55 was a further improved version of the T-54 Main Battle Tank series of 1949 intended to counter the new American M60 ...

1957
Obyekt 279 (Object 279)
The Russian Obyekt (translating to "Object") 279 Soviet heavy tank was developed in 1957 at the Kirov Plant in Leningrad by ...

1953
IS-10 / T-10 (Josef Stalin)
The T-10 can be considered the pinnacle "Josef Stalin" tank design as it is the tank that superceded previous forms and becam...

1952
PT-76
The PT-76 was developed shortly after Second World War. The weapon system is designated as a "Light Amphibious Tank" featurin...

1949
T-54
The T-54 series of Soviet main battle tank came about in the search for a viable replacement for the war-winning T-34 Medium ...

1945
IS-3 / JS-3 (Josef Stalin)
The IS-3 (also "Joseph Stalin" or "Iosef Stalin" IS3) heavy tank was a continuation of the successful series of tanks fielded...

1944
T-44
Even as the fabled T-34 Medium Tank was coming online within the inventory of the Red Army during World War 2, thought was al...

1943
IS-2 / JS-2 (Josef Stalin)
The Soviet Army need for ever-more formidable tracked firepower came to the forefront after losses of much territory to the i...

1943
IS-1 / JS-1 (Josef Stalin)
The IS-1 was born out of a Soviet Army need for more formidable tracked weapon systems to combat the ever-growing power of Ge...

1943
KV-85 (Klimenti Voroshilov)
The KV-85 was an interim heavy tank solution requested by Soviet authorities to help combat the arrival of the mighty German ...

1943
T-34/85
The T-34/85 was essentially categorized as an "up-gunned" version of the successful base T-34 medium tank designed and built ...

1943
SdKfz 171 Panzerkampfwagen V Panther (PzKpfW V) / Panzer 5
Though initially mechanically unreliable at her inception, the Panther medium tank of the German Army went on to become one o...

1942
M4 Sherman (Medium Tank, M4)
The M4 Sherman series of medium tanks proved an invaluable asset to Allied operations North Africa, Europe and the Pacific th...

1942
M3 Lee / M3 Grant (Medium Tank, M3)
The M3 medium tank series appeared at a time when Allied armor (in respects to both armor protection and armament) was genera...

1942
T-70
In October of 1941 - four months after the German invasion of the Soviet Union through "Operation Barbarossa" - engineers of ...

1941
Light Tank, M3 / M5 (Stuart)
The M3 / M5 series (commonly known as the "General Stuart") was an Allied design classified as a light tank and appeared thro...

1941
T-40
In the period following World War 1, there came a global military movement centering on more cost-effective, light-class comb...

1941
T-60
The T-60 light scout tank was designed and developed to replace the outclassed T-38 series of amphibious light scout tank and...

1940
T-34
To Red Army authorities, it was becoming painfully clear that the BT series of "fast tanks" was not the long term answer for ...

1940
KV-2 (Klimenti Voroshilov)
The KV-2 assault gun tank was developed from the KV-1 series of heavy tanks appearing in 1939-1940 with the Red Army. Whereas...

1939
SdKfz 161 Panzerkampfwagen IV (PzKpfW IV) / Panzer 4
The Panzer IV (or "Panzerkampfwagen IV" and abbreviated as "Pz.KpfW. IV") formed the backbone of the German Army from its inc...

1939
KV-1 (Klimenti Voroshilov)
In 1938, the Soviet Union developed a prototype heavy tank of 58 tons designated as the T-100. The type was a massive machin...

1939
LT vz 38 / PzKpfW 38(t) (SdKfz 140)
This light tank system initially began as a Czechoslovakian creation in the form of the LT vz 38 but - as with the previous L...

1937
T-38
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1936
Type 95 Ha-Go (Ke-Go / Kyu-Go)
The Type 95 "Ha-Go" was a light tank design primarily utilized by the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) during World War 2. She wa...

1936
7TP
The 7TP series was of a Polish light tank design, based on the British Vickers-Armstrong 6-ton light tank (Mark E). With war ...

1935
T-35
Despite its formidable appearance by 1930 standards, the T-35 Heavy Tank ultimately proved an ill-fated endeavor of Soviet ta...

1934
BT-7 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)
In the latter portion of the 1920s, the Soviet Army began looking to modernize their fleet of aging tanks. As such, it held a...

1933
T-37
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1933
BT-5 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)
The BT series of Soviet "Fast Tanks" was born out of a John Walter Christie design in the early 1930s featuring an American s...

1933
T-28
In the early 1930s, the Soviets took to designing an indigenous tank - specifically the T-28 Medium Tank series - based on l...

1932
BT-2 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)
Like many of the military powers prior to World War 2, the Red Army adopted a series of light, fast tanks intended to overwhe...

1931
T-26
As was the norm after World War 1 in all industrialized nations around the globe, Soviet warplanners set about to upgrade the...

1928
T-18 (MS-1)
The T-18 was the first Soviet-designed and produced tank. Russia initially lacked the internal expertise to design, develop a...

1928
Vickers 6-Ton (Mark E)
The Vickers 6-Ton (Mark E) was a light tank evaluated by the British Army but ultimately rejected. When the British Army pass...

1918
Medium Tank Mk A (Whippet)
The Medium Tank Mk A (also known as the "Whippet") was an armored vehicle specifically designed to exploit breaches in the ba...

1918
Tank Mk V
The Tank Mk V was a further evolution of the British "tank" - then known as "landship" - which began with the original Tank M...

1917
Renault FT-17
The Renault FT-17 series of light tank was an evolutionary design in the field of combat tanks that would go on to influence ...
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