B-52 Stratofortress vs SA-2 "Guideline" SAM

Vietnam 1972–73

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B-52 Stratofortress vs SA-2 "Guideline" SAM

Vietnam 1972–73

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Ever since its introduction in the late 1950s, the B-52 Stratofortress has been the United States' primary heavy bomber and a powerful symbol of its immense military might. Its powerful electronic countermeasures equipment (ECM) was thought to make the B-52 immune to ground-to-air missile attack, but in Vietnam, and later conflicts such as Operation Desert Storm in 1991, it came up against the Soviet-designed SA-2 SAM which used heavy salvos of missiles to bring down the bombers.

The losses of several of its most feared, powerful, and supposedly invincible bombers per night to a torrent of Soviet missiles during the closing stages of the Vietnam War was sobering to Americans, but the B-52s' crushing attacks virtually eliminated North Vietnam's defenses and forced a peace settlement. This fascinating book analyzes the roles of the SA-2 operators and the B-52 Electronic Warfare Officers (EWOs) using specially commissioned artwork as well as first-hand accounts, and traces the cat-and-mouse tactics that each side employed.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Chronology/ Design and Development /Technical Specifications /The Strategic Situation /The Combatants /Combat /Statistics and Analysis /Aftermath /Further Reading /Index

Product details

Published Oct 23 2018
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472823625
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 20 b/w; 30 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Duel
Short code DUE 89
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Peter E. Davies

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Jim Laurier

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Gareth Hector

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