Red SAM

Red SAM

The SA-2 Guideline Anti-Aircraft Missile

New Vanguard 134
  • Author: Steven J. Zaloga
  • Illustrator: Jim Laurier
  • Short code: NVG 134
  • Publication Date: 10 May 2007
  • Number of Pages: 48
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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.

Biographical Note

Steven J Zaloga was born in 1952, received his BA in history from Union College, and his MA from Columbia University. He has published numerous books and articles dealing with modern military technology, especially armored vehicle development. His main area of interest is military affairs in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in World War II, and he has also written extensively on American armored forces.Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974-78, and since he graduated with honours, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon.

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

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