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During the 1940s, the Soviet government, knowing of the American nuclear program, elected to begin work on its own nuclear weapon program. The goal was to create and test the first Soviet atomic bomb within a short time interval to counter a major postwar threat from the West. An important secondary concern became apparent: how to deliver that weapon to the target. Thus, the Tu-95 Bear and the Tu-142, its close relative, were born. The... more...
In the years following World War II, many nations made use of captured German technology, and given the pressures of the incipient Cold War, Soviet engineers often had very little time to produce an "answer to the West". As a result, the MiG-15's designers made use of German technologies and a British powerplant, which served to accelerate the fighter's development. The MiG-15 had a long service career and was built in huge numbers... more...
This Aerofax title is a detailed history of the development and operation of the Soviet interceptor, the MiG-23/27, code named µFlogger' in the west. In the era of the Cold War, the military planners on both sides of the Iron Curtain were very aware of the threat to their security both from bombers that could carry nuclear weapons and from spyplanes. Thus it was deemed essential to have fast fighter aircraft which could intercept and... more...
The mainstay of the USSRs strike force, this reliable and adaptable weapons platforms roles include electronic and photographic reconnaissance and maritime patrol, AEW, and command and control. Every variant of the Bear family is examined including cockpits, engines, under-carriages, weapons bays, and more. Written with full access to the Tupolev OKB archives.
Thorough Aerofax-series coverage is given here to the 'Fitter' family of Soviet fighters and fighter-bombers, with masses of fresh information and images emerging from previously unseen Russian sources. The Su-7 was first flown in 1958, with deliveries to the Soviet Air Force beginning in the same year. It could be seen as the Soviet contemporary of the F-100 Super Sabre. The original high-speed, highly-maneuverable single-seat fighter... more...
This book takes a detailed and informed look at these awesome aeronautical achievements. Contains much new material on the MiG-31, including a large amount of previously unpublished images. Includes scale drawings of each.
As the need arose to replace the Yakovlev Yak-28 Brewer making up the backbone of the Soviet Air Force's tactical bomber fleet since 1960, the Sukhoi Design Bureau began development of a twinjet tactical bomber known in-house as the T-6. The first prototype (called T6-1) flew in June 1967, featuring delta wings and four lift-jets buried in the fuselage to improve field performance. However, the weight penalty imposed by the lift-jets... more...
The MiG-31 started life as an advanced derivative of the famous MiG-25P interceptor, becoming the first Soviet fourth-generation combat aircraft. First flown in 1975, it differed from its progenitor primarily in having a crew of two (pilot and weapons systems operator), a highly capable passive phased-array radar - a world first - and new R-33 long-range missiles as its primary armament. The maximum speed was an impressive Mach 2.82, the cruising speed... more...
The MiG-21 is unquestionably one of the greatest fighters of the post Second World War era. Not only was it Russia's first operational Mach 2-capable interceptor, it also serves as the stepping stone that enabled many nations to enter the age of supersonic air combat. Using much never-before published materal, a huge array of photographs previously unseen in the West and full color artwork, this book reveals the secrets of the fighter that has flown... more...
A History of the Design Bureau and its Aircraft Yefim Gordon & Vladimir Rigmant The origins of the design bureau that was to bear his name can be traced back to the appointment of Andrey Nikolayevich Tupolev as head of the TsAGI's Aviation Department in 1918. Over the years, nearly 300 projects have evolved within the OKB. Nearly 90 reached the prototype construction stage, with more than 40 types put into series production.In the... more...
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