Red SAM

The SA-2 Guideline Anti-Aircraft Missile

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Red SAM

The SA-2 Guideline Anti-Aircraft Missile

Description

The Russian SA-2, nicknamed “Red SAM,” is history's dominant antiaircraft missile. In 1960 it famously downed Gary Powers' U-2 spyplane, and two years later it was one of the missiles deployed during the Cuban Missile Crisis, which almost sparked a nuclear showdown between America and the USSR. The SA-2 was also deployed in Vietnam, North Korea, Egypt, and even the Gulf War. Using photographs, color artwork, and rare accounts from the weapon's designers, Steven J Zaloga examines the missile's development, linking this to its massive impact on Cold War air campaigns, and investigates the design changes that have helped the SA-2 stand the test of time.

Product details

Published Mar 15 2011
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781849086288
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 134
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

Author

Steven J. Zaloga

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

Illustrator

Jim Laurier

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

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