Visitors to the plant, located in the city of Nizhny Tagil, in the Ural Mountains, will be able to see the workshops in which the legendary T-34 tank was produced, Lenta.ru explains.
The tour will also include a visit to the Museum of Armored Vehicles, which features more than a thousand exhibits, from the T-34 to the T-90, as well as samples of armor, shells, and other individual components of the plant's production, plus rare books, other literature and paintings. Visitors, the press release says, will be able to get a look at some of the vehicles on display both inside and out.
The final stage of the tour will feature a demonstration of the T-90 main battle tank on the move, along with a master class from the vehicle's commander. Moreover, program organizers promise a working lunch in the plant's workers' canteen, plus a soldier's lunch of porridge out in the field.
Uralvagonzavod is one of the largest scientific and industrial complexes in Russia, and one of the largest producers of main battle tanks in the world. The company also produces railroad cars and road construction equipment. Built between 1931-1936, the plant began its operations producing railway cars in the run up to the Second World War. Following the Nazi invasion in 1941, the Kharkiv Locomotive Factory, then the country's largest tank manufacturer, was evacuated to Nizhny Tagil and merged with Uralvagonzavod, which would become the Soviet Union's largest tank producer.
In the postwar period, in addition to railway cars and tanks, the company also produced equipment for the aerospace industry, agriculture, and construction. During the Cold War, the plant developed and produced tanks including the T-54, the T-55, the T-62, the T-72 and the T-90.