Modern Russian Tanks

Modern Russian Tanks : 1990-Present

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Created from what was left of the gigantic stockpiles of Soviet armoured fighting vehicles after the end of the Cold War, the Russian armoured forces were reorganized in the early 1990s. Ground forces were involved in a series of conflicts in border states, nationalistic insurrections of minorities following the end of the Soviet Union, and the lifting of its iron fist on these regions.
From Chechnya to the Crimea to the Ukraine, Modern Russian Tanks explores the main battle tanks, armoured fighting vehicles, armoured personnel carriers, self- propelled guns and missile-launching platforms in service since 1990. Organised by type and then alphabetically by manufacturer, the entries include the BMD-3, BMPT Terminator, T-90 and T-15 main battle tank, and their variants, as well as the Buk missile system responsible for shooting down the Malaysian Airlines 777 jet over Ukraine in 2014.
Illustrated with expert colour profile artworks for each entry and completed with technical specifications, Modern Russian Tanks is a detailed reference guide for modellers and enthusiasts with an interest in modern military technology.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 176 x 216 x 15mm | 516g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 120 artworks and 20 photos; 140 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1782748695
  • 9781782748694
  • 374,093

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Main Battle Tanks
T-10 heavy tank - some kept in storage during the 1990s.
PT-76 amphibious light tank - still in service.
T-54/55 - up to 2,800 currently in reserve.
T-62 - up to 2,500 currently in reserve.
T-64 - up to 2,000 currently in reserve
T-72 - 1,900 in service.
T-80 - 450 in service.
T-90 - 350 in service.
T-14 Armata - prototypes/pre-production vehicles completed.

APCs/Armoured Cars
Kamaz Typhoon Mine-resistant ambush-protected truck - 290 in service.
Ural Typhoon Mine-resistant ambush-protected truck - 180 in service. Bulat APC - in production.
BTR-90 APC - at least 80 in service.
BTR-80/82A APC - over 1,200 in service.
BTR-70 APC - about 100 in service.
BTR-60 APC - over 3,500 in reserve.
BRDM-2 Armoured car - 1,000 in service.
MT-LB APC - 1,500 in service.

Infantry Fighting Vehicles
BMD-1 - in service.
BMD-2 - in service
BMD-3 - over 100 in service
BMP-1 - 500 in service.
BMP-2 - 3,000 in service.
BMP-3 - over 700 in service.
VPK-7829 Bumerang - unknown number of prototypes completed.
Kurganets-25 - unknown number of prototypes/pre-production vehicles completed.
T-15 - unknown number of prototypes/pre-production vehicles completed.

Tank Destroyers
9P148 Konkurs - 60 in service
9P149 Shturm-S/SM - over 40 in service.
9P157-2 Khrizantema-S - 30 in service.
9P163M-1 Kornet-T - in production.

Self-Propelled Artillery
2S1 Gvozdika 122mm self-propelled Howitzer - over 500 in service.
2S3 Akatsiya 152mm self-propelled Howitzer - over 900 in service.
2S4 Tyulpan 240mm self-propelled gun-mortar - 120 being modernised.
2S5 Giatsint-S 152mm self-propelled Howitzer - over 200 in service.
2S7M Malka 203mm self-propelled Howitzer - about 30 being modernised.
2S19 Msta-S/2S19M1 and 2S19M2 Msta-SM/2S33 Msta-SM2 152mm self-propelled Howitzer - over 450 in service.
2S9 Nona self-propelled 120mm Mortar - still in production.
2S34 Chosta 120mm self-propelled Howitzer - in production.
2S35 Koalitsiya-SV 152mm self-propelled howitzer - prototypes/pre-production vehicles completed.
TOS-1 220mm salvo rocket launcher - in service.
ZSU-23-4 Shilka - over 100 in service.
9K22 Tunguska - 250 in service/being modernised.
9K35 Strela-10 - over 350 in service.

Glossary and Abbreviations

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This new hardback from Amber Books is one of their 'Technical Guide' series, and brings us up to date with images and details of the various types of armoured vehicles in service with the Russian military. As a long time armour enthusiast, and modeller, this is ideal... A very handy new reference. -- Robin Buckland * Military Model Scene *
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About Dr Stephen Hart

Dr Stephen Hart is a Senior Lecturer with special responsibilities at the Department of War Studies, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He has been published widely on military history topics, particularly British and German operations during WWII.
Russell Hart is Professor of History at Hawai'i Pacific University. He is the author of Clash of Arms: How the Allies Won in Normandy, 1944 and Guderian: Panzer Pioneer or Mythmaker?
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