Red SAM

The SA-2 Guideline Anti-Aircraft Missile

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Red SAM

The SA-2 Guideline Anti-Aircraft Missile

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The SA-2, nicknamed Red SAM, is the most widely used air defense missile in history, most famous for nearly sparking a nuclear exchange between the USSR and America when one brought down a U-2 spy plane in 1960. Deployed widely against American aircraft in Vietnam the SA-2 has seen service in North Korea, Egypt, and various world conflicts including the 2003 Gulf War and remains in service today despite its aging 50-year-old technology.

Using rare interviews and accounts from the Russian designers of the weapon, and supported by photographs and color artwork, Steven J Zaloga examines the development of the SA-2, linking the technical history of the weapon to its massive impact on air campaigns during the Cold War, and investigates the design changes, which helped the SA-2 stand the test of time.

Table of Contents

SAM Origins · The Spyplane Menace · Operation Anadyr: the Cuban Missile Crisis · Deep Modernization · The Flying Telephone Pole in Vietnam · Operation Kavkaz: S-75 in the 1967–73 Middle East Wars · Foreign Guidelines · Final Refinements · Further Reading · Color Plate Commentary · Index

Product details

Published May 22 2007
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781846030628
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 41 b/w; 7 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 134
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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Steven J. Zaloga

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from U…

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Jim Laurier

Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives i…

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