Modern Tanks and AFVs

Modern Tanks and AFVs : 1991-Present Armoured Fighting Vehicles

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According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, there are 60,000 tanks in active service worldwide. With 7,450 tanks, China has by far the most. This is followed by North Korea with 3,500 tanks. Tanks might not have been a huge component in modern warfare in the past two decades, but countries are still ordering new models. Also, nations previously without strong traditions of tank warfare are building up their forces. In recent years, countries in Asia, such as India, Pakistan, Singapore and Malaysia have all increased their armoured forces.
Organised chronologically by type, Modern Tanks and AFVs offers a highly illustrated guide to the main armoured fighting vehicles used since 1990. From the Gulf Wars of 1991 and 2003 to Afghanistan, from Chechnya to the Crimea to Ukraine, from Yemen to the Syrian Civil War, the book features main battle tanks, armoured personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, self-propelled guns and other vehicles.
Examples include the Chinese Type 99 main battle tank, the Korean K-2 Black Panther, the French VBCI infantry fighting vehicle, the Fennek reconnaissance vehicle and the Russian T-14 Armata. Each featured profile includes authentic markings and colour schemes, while every separate model is accompanied by detailed specifications.
Illustrated with newly commissioned, full-colour artworks, Modern Tanks and AFVs is a key reference guide for military modellers and modern military technology enthusiasts.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 195 x 246 x 27.94mm | 890g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 220 artworks and 20 photos; 240 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1782747257
  • 9781782747253
  • 258,679

Table of contents


Chapter One. Main Battle Tanks
Type 10 Hitomaru Main Battle Tank (Japan)
T-90 (Russia)
T-14 Armata (Russia)
T-72 - Soviet tank which entered service in 1971 but is still used by Syria
Type 96 MBT (China)
Type 99 MBT (China)
M1A2/SEP Abrams (US)
Challenger II (UK)
AMX-56 Leclerc (France)
Ramses II (Egypt)

2. Armoured Personnel Carriers
Ajax Reconnaissance Tank & APC (UK)
Type 85 & 89 AFV (China)
Type 90/92 APC (China)
ZBD 09 Snow Leopard (China)
Buffalo MRAP - Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (China)
M2 Bradley (US)
M1120 Stryker (US)
Humvee (US)
Fahd 240/280 (Egypt)
Kader Walid (Egypt)

3. Infantry Fighting Vehicles and Reconnaissance Vehicles
BMD-3 (Russia)
VBCI Infantry Fighting Vehicle (France)
BMPT Terminator (Russia)
Fennek (Germany/Netherlands)

4. Self-Propelled Guns
M109 Paladin (US)
MLRS M270 (US) - Still almost 1,000 in service in the US
AS-90 (UK)
PLZ-05 Artillery SPG (China)
ZBD-2000 (China)

5. Other Vehicles
Panhard VBL - light scout car (France)

Tanks compared, production numbers, losses
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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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