By Anthony Tucker-Jones
During this spouse quantity to his photographic background of Soviet tanks and armoured automobiles, Anthony Tucker-Jones presents a visible advisor to the monstrous array of plane, warships and missiles the Soviet military deployed on the peak of the chilly warfare. even supposing the superpowers by no means got here to blows, the so-called 'Cold conflict' used to be faraway from chilly, with various 'hot' proxy wars being fought in Africa and the center East. a lot of these conflicts hired Soviet weaponry which has been captured in motion within the color and black-and-white photos chosen for this e-book. among the Nineteen Fifties and Eighties Soviet and Warsaw Pact nations churned out millions of guns prepared for the 3rd global struggle. in addition they launched into a technological palms race with NATO in an try to counter every one new piece of apparatus because it seemed. The MiG warring parties, the Badger and Backfire bombers, the nuclear submarines have accomplished nearly iconic prestige, yet, as Anthony Tucker-Jones's publication exhibits, there has been even more to the Soviet armoury than those recognized guns. a lot of it, regardless of its age, is still in carrier with armies, guerrilla forces and terrorist agencies all over the world this present day.
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Weaponry fitted to these vessels included SS-N-12 surface-to-surface missiles, while air defences included both the SA-N-3 and SA-N-4. The long range of the missile – almost 300 nautical miles – meant that it required external targeting via satellite or helicopter. Only two Moskva class vessels were built; this is the second, Leningrad. These were true carriers, deploying Yak-38 aircraft as well as helicopters. The Helix helicopter was used for anti-submarine warfare. The Soviet Union built just four Kiev class aircraft carriers as Moscow did not consider such vessels a priority.
The Krivak frigates were constructed in three variants, notably the Krivak III, which was built for the KGB Border Guard and featured a helicopter flight deck and hangar in place of the SS-N-14. The Kivak I vessels were also armed with two twin 76mm gun turrets, and both the Krivak I and II had 100mm guns. By the mid1980s the Soviet fleet had more than thirty Krivak frigates available, a number of which deployed from the Black Sea to the Pacific. The only drawback with the Kyndas was that they carried no helicopter, which meant that the SS-N-3 missiles had to be assisted to target by an outside source.
By the late 1960s they had been replaced by the Charlie class, with an underwater launch capability. The eventual appearance of the SS-NX-21 sea-launched land attack missile, with a range of up to 1,600 nautical miles, and the tube-launch capability of the Victor III greatly changed the balance of power in cruise missile submarines. There were also nonnuclear patrol submarines known as SSKs. These were capable of carrying almost a thousand nuclear missiles. They also had 280 tactical submarines, comprising nuclear-powered guided missile submarines (SSGNs) and nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs), plus their conventionally powered counterparts.